Ma’ani Center

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...

Emuna and Shimrit are both Bnei Menashe young women who made aliyah to Israel at the same time, June 2014, from Churachandpour, in Manipur, in northeast India. Knowing this, and seeing them together wearing skirts of the identical traditional family fabric, you would think that...

After a lot of changes and adjustments due to the coronavirus situation, including last minute modifications and adaptations, we finally managed to meet with Steven Klein, a professor at Ben Gurion University, and his students, who were on a Jewish cultural trip to several communities...

Mazal tov! Now that people are slowly starting to go back to quasi-normal, weddings and other festivities are taking place frequently. This wedding, with a small number of guests, celebrates the marriage of Yehuda Hanmte of Nof Hagalil, who made Aliyah to Israel in 2014...