Communities Around the World

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...

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...

Recently, the unique community of Lagos received guests from all over Nigeria who came to share in the simcha of the wedding of Eri Ben Avraham and Tamar Bat Eri. The Jewish community that the newlyweds belong to is the biggest one in the country...

The Igbo are one of Nigeria's largest ethnic groups and among them is a minority of practicing Jews that claim to be the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel, but the Jewish state doesn't recognize them. Here's a report by i24's Elinor Lalo. ...

This month our communities in El Salvador received special visitors, sent by OTS Amiel Bakehila, which is sponsored by Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. The organization, which aims to empower Jewish communities around the world and to strengthen their connection to the Jewish state, has...

Shavei Israel communities enjoyed the atmosphere of Chanukah and fascinating activities organized in their countries. For many of them, this year's experience was unique and unforgettable, such as Bnei Anousim of Cagliari, Italy, who celebrated this holiday with our new emissary in the region, Eitan...

While seated at bar in Seville, we asked if they had any information about Jewish life there. Surprisingly, the answer was Yes. They pointed us to the Jewish Museum of Seville, and there we began to immerse ourselves in the incredible history of the Jewish...

The Zion Torah Center welcomed Zvi and Rachel Simon this year for the holiday of Sukkot. Zvi is a radiation oncologist at Tel Aviv's Tel Hashomer Hospital. His wife Rachel is a psychiatrist. They were hosted in Erode, where they met with the community, ate...

It’s back! By popular demand, Shavei Israel is once again producing a beautiful Jewish calendar chock full of photos from the lost and “hidden” communities with whom we work. You’ll learn more about our communities in China, Colombia, India, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Russia, El Salvador,...

Neda Amin was an Iranian blogger writing for the Times of Israel Persian-language website. A journalist who was critical of the Iranian regime, Amin had left Iran for Turkey in 2014. A few months ago, Amin had a desperate message: her life was in danger....