By Josefin Dolsten.. One hundred and two members of the Jewish community in India, who trace their heritage to one of Israel’s lost tribes, are moving to Israel this week (February 14, 2017). The immigrants, who hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram — home to the second largest concentration of the country’s Bnei Menashe community, as they are called — will arrive in Israel on Tuesday and Thursday. The move is being facilitated by Shavei Israel, a nonprofit that seeks to connect “lost” and “hidden” Jews to the Jewish state. [Photo top right: Members of the “Bnei Menashe” Jewish community in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, India, on their way to the airport, Feb. 12, 2017. (Shavei Israel)] (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Bnei Menashe’
By Michael Freund.. The Bnei Menashe never forgot who they are or where they came from – or to where they would one day return. It is shortly before 6 a.m. The exhaustion on Benji Tungnung’s face is palpable as he makes his way through the quiet streets of the northern Galilee town of Ma’alot. With Rosh Hashana rapidly approaching, the 21-year-old yeshiva student wants to be sure to arrive on time for Slihot, the penitential supplications recited prior to the Shaharit morning prayer service. (more…)
I want to share with you a very moving experience that I had earlier this week (January 30, 2015), when we brought the group of 250 Bnei Menashe which had made Aliyah back in November for their first visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem (there is a great video about their arrival in Israel, see below). It was an incredibly special event. (more…)
By Ari Yashar.. 43 Jews from India arrive, bringing year total to a record 410. MK Lipman: ‘the arrival should remind us of the special times we live in.’ Forty-three Bnei Menashe Jewish immigrants from India arrived in Israel on Thursday morning (June 19, 2014), bringing the totaln number of Bnei Menashe brought in to Israel this year to 410, the most ever recorded. (more…)
By Michael Freund..
“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24)
By Danielle Ziri.. First group of tribal group from India, Burma to make aliya in five years; another 7,000 left in India wish to come to Israel. The government recently passed a resolution to resume immigration of the Bnei Menashe, a tribal group from India and Burma who descend from the tribe of Menashe, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. (more…)