Ma’ani Center

The Ma'ani Center of Shavei Israel presents "Tracing Your Jewish Roots Through Catholic Records and the Inquisition" with our dear friend Genie Milgrom. Genie was born in Cuba and in her conference she shares the fascinating story of her return to her heritage. Here are her...

The Ma'ani Center of Shavei Israel presents the conference: “A Feat of Heroism” (Spanish, with English subtitles available) with ex-Sergeant Yitzhak (Itzik) Raz (Rosengarten), who was awarded the Medal of Courage in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and he shared his heroic feat with...

As part of the expanded Shavei Israel online programming to provide services for our communities throughout the world, we have been holding a wonderful Zoom series in Spanish. In the following excerpt, hear from Federico Pipman, who made aliyah from Argentina 11 years ago, as...

As part of the cutural preservation of lost and hidden Jewish communities at Ma'ani Center (Mercaz Ma'ani), we have multiple exhibits at our Jerusalem center. Currently, we are exhibiting beautiful photos and artifacts of the Bnei Menashe, from northeast India. The objects include musical instruments,...

(Cookie recipe below) As part of the modified programs during the coronavirus pandemic, all of our communities have resorted to creativity to keep their members engaged. In Chile a fun, creative - and tasty! - project got thirteen children, aged 6-14, involved. Enjoy seeing their delighted...

India is a melting pot of tradition and culture. Every state in India has its own unique cuisine and dishes, and the Bnei Menashe have their own spin on the local cuisine. This sweet pastry is a favorite of the Bnei Menashe. Pastry:1 kg all-purpose flour10...

Bethu, or fermented soy beans, is a food that the Bnei Menashe people love. It is often made into a spicy chutney. Here's the recipe, provided by Gershom Thangneo Touthang: First step: Soak dried soybeans for 7-8 hours or overnight. Second step: Boil the beans until almost...

If you find yourself in Givat Shaul in Jerusalem, step into Shavei Israel's Ma'ani Center, a collaboration with Israel's Ministry of Culture and Sport, for a photo exhibit that's an educational experience in addition to being a visual treat. The beautiful photo exhibit, “From India...

Shavei Israel’s Deputy Director-General of Administration, Edith Blaustein, gave a special lecture about the Lost Tribes, and other groups with historical affinity for Judaism and the Jewish people plus Shavei Israel’s activities with and for these special communities. Equally special was the audience for the lecture:...

Bnei Menashe recipes, which are very familiar to those who are accustomed to Indian food, are not very exacting. The best way to really learn them is to stand in their kitchen and watch...