Ma’ani Center

Genie Milgrom, a dear friend of Shavei Israel, was born in Havana, Cuba into a Roman Catholic Family of Spanish Ancestry. In an unparalleled work of genealogy, she was able to fully document her unbroken maternal Jewish lineage 22 generations going back as far as...

Ma'ani Center, a Shavei Israel project sponsored by Israel's Ministry of Culture, had its latest ‘Higanu Habaita’ program. This series of seminars, whose title means ‘We’ve returned home,’ introduces new immigrants with exceptional stories. This week we brought Yonatan Kashtan who served from 2016-2019 in...

It is always with the greatest of pleasure that we receive joyful stories and photos like these from our communities around the world. This time we received photos from the mother of Rajel Muñoz Rivadeneira, a bat mitzvah girl from Ambato, Ecuador who celebrated her...

When Shavei Israel’s director of marketing and new media Laura Ben-David found herself traveling to Boca Raton, Florida, the neighborhood where Simi, our dedicated volunteer lives, Simi's parents, Sharon & Steven Langert, opened their home to host a talk about some of the lost and...

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat is also known as “Rosh Hashana for the Trees.” As we celebrate, in Israel and around the world, people enjoy the fruit of the trees - especially those of the seven species of Israel. Another ubiquitous Tu Beshevat activity...

This week was cause for celebration as the Shavei Israel staff joined several rabbis and teachers in greeting ten students  from around the world who have one important thing in common: they have all chosen to join the Jewish faith and are the first students...

A recurring them among the 'olim' (immigrant) community to Israel is the desire to 'give back' to those who are going through what you yourself have gone through. Ilan Bresler, a financial consultant from Argentina, does just that. Bresler is an entrepreneur with a financial...

As the Jewish people were united with the land of Israel, we were commanded to carve stone tablets that would “well clarify” the Torah.  The Gemara in Tractate Sotah mentions that this means they were carved in the 70 languages of the world at the...

Shavei Israel is excited and proud to be partnering with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and opening an English language Ulpan Giyur (Jewish conversion course) in Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.  Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund said Shavei Israel...

It was a pleasant surprise for me, a Sephardic Jew who never had to fight to preserve her Judaism, to attend a conference on "The Lost Tribes of Israel," which took place on November 24 at the Ma'ani Center in Jerusalem. Edith Blaustein, Deputy Director-General of Administration...