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Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community’s founding members is Gerardo Flores and his wife, Aury de Flores. But they are more than just figureheads. The couple, married...

The Shaar Hashamaim community of Guatemala, created as a result of a local initiative, united people of different ages and backgrounds who were dedicated to keeping Jewish traditions but didn't belong to the larger groups or communities represented in the country. Today it consists of...

No one sent us as many wonderful photos of their Sukkot celebrations as did the many Bnei Anousim communities throughout South America! Local communities from Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela and other countries that shared their beautiful pictures of their sukkahs, meals and festive celebrations and...

This week, Shavei Israel communities all over the world together with all of world Jewry celebrated the beginning of the new, 5780th Jewish year - Rosh Hashanah. From Ecuador and Colombia to Portugal and Poland, people gathered in the synagogues and community centers to listen...

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...