Communities Around the World

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....

Descendants of Jews in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are calling for more recognition. After years of hiding their Jewish roots, they want the freedom to choose their identity. New initiatives include the opening of a cultural center in Irbil named after a 17th century...

One hundred and twenty one men, women and children joined the Jewish faith last month in a far off country better known as the title to a Disney film than a hotbed of religious resurgence....

Do the Palestinians have Jewish roots? The question may sound fanciful. But not only do many Jews and Palestinians share remarkably similar DNA, there are also numerous customs and even names that overlap....

In a Shavei Israel exclusive, we have three videos from the Igbo Jewish community in Nigeria for Hanukah. Blessings, fervent prayer and hanukkiot light up the African night. You don't want to miss these videos, only on shavei.org....