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As the Jewish High Holidays approach, a special tradition of reciting Selichot (communal prayers for Divine forgiveness) is followed. The Selichot are said every day until the end of the High Holidays, which begin with Rosh Hashana and conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of...

Earlier this week, the Jeff Seidel Student Center in Tel Aviv was packed with college-age students from the United States, Europe and South America. These students, doing either a semester or a year abroad at Tel Aviv University, came to hear our own Laura Ben-David...

The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups and among them is a minority of some 4000 people practicing Judaism and defining themselves as the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel, We have previously written about Igbo here and here. This week Nigeria is...

The Beit Toldot community is located in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador and consists of approximately 10 families who decided to reconnect with their Jewish roots under the supervision of Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei Israel's emissary in Colombia. The recent Shabbat was very special for...

This week Israel and the whole Jewish world are celebrating the holiday of Purim, and as every year we have a selection of pictures received from our emissaries in various Jewish communities across the globe. Though the communities are located in some of the most...

Michael Freund, Shavei Israel's Founder and Chairman, is moderating the panel at the AIPAC Policy Conference devoted to reconnecting descendants of Jews from Latino and Hispanic communities with Jewish world and their heritage. Recent DNA and academic research have indicated that one in four Latinos and...

Shavei Israel launches a new series of online classes in Russian devoted to the weekly parasha (Torah portion) and to laws and traditions of Judaism. The program is called "Seven minutes of Torah" and the speaker is Rabbi Shlomo Zelig Avrasin. The target audience of...

This week, El Salvador community celebrated a very special event - the birth of a baby girl. The baby's name is Débora Margalit bat Yoseph and Ruth, and we're happy to share some photos taken at the party organized by her family. Rabbi Elisha Salas,...

This past week saw Shavei Israel's Director of Marketing Laura Ben-David put on a lot of mileage on her car as she traveled to Tel Aviv to speak with Tel Aviv University international students at a student center through the Jeff Seidel Student Center. The...

Dani Limor, head of the "Mapping Jewish communities around the world" project of Israel's Diaspora Affairs Ministry, traveled to South America recently where he visited with a number of Shavei Israel communities. The purpose of his visit to El Salvador and Colombia was to get acquainted...