Shavei Israel | Lodz

Lodz Tag

The kids are cuter than ever at Gan Matanel, the Jewish pre-school and kindergarten run by Miriam Szychowski in Lodz, Poland. Now in its third year, Gan Matanel is the home for a half dozen Jewish children. To kick off the new school year, we have some...

"Sukka hopping" is one of our favorite holiday activities - whether in real life or online. We started with pictures of sukkot in construction, then visited the Bnei Menashe to see their completed Sukkot in India. And now we take a quick trip around the...

As the Jewish world gears up to celebrate Shavuot, the holiday marking the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai, Shavei Israel communities are getting in the spirit too with all night learning sessions, early morning prayers and festive meals. Here's...

Who doesn't love a good bonfire? There were plenty of them this week as the Jewish world celebrated Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the period between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. We have photos of medurot (Hebrew for bonfire) from Shavei Israel communities...

We have pictures from two Polish Jewish communities preparing for the Passover holiday. Watch the burning of the remaining chametz In Lodz, a mock Seder with Jewish children at the Krakow JCC, and Polish Holocaust survivors practicing Ma Nishtanah in advance of the Seder....

The "Hidden Jews" of Poland had a blast this year on Purim. In Lodz, Shavei Israel's emissary Rabbi David Szychowski had the community dancing raucously 'round the bima as the Megillat Esther was read in synagogue....

For our final visit to the magical world of Hanukah, Shavei Israel visits two communities that began in Eastern Europe: the "Hidden Jews" of Poland and the Subbotnik Jews of Russia and Ukraine (and more recently Beit Shemesh). Have you lit your Hanukah candles yet?...