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A total of 235 new immigrants from the Bnei Menashe community in India landed in Israel on Oct. 13, 2021. Credit: Laura Ben David, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Bnei Menashe group of 235 from India lands at Ben-Gurion on Yom HaAliyah

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A total of 235 new immigrants from the Bnei Menashe community in India landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday as part of the Yom HaAliyah national celebration on Oct. 12-13. Hailing from Manipur in...
Members of the Bnei Menashe community in India make matzah prior to Passover, March 2021. Credit: Samuel Suantak, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Lost tribe of Bnei Menashe in northeast India prepares Passover matzah

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The Bnei Menashe community in the remote northeastern Indian state of Manipur began preparing for Passover earlier this week, including by baking matzah at the Shavei Israel Hebrew Center in Churachandpur. The Bnei Menashe, or sons of...
Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate, Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Laura Ben David, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Bnei Menashe couples from India remarry near Netanya

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Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony at Shavei Israel’s absorption center near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate. The 11...
From left: First Pvt. Ayala Tova Hangshing; Minister of Aliyah and Absorption Penina Tamanu-Shata; Shavei Israel’s Coordinator for Bnei Menashe Tzvi Khaute; and Shavei Israel’s chairman and founder Michael Freund. Credit: Courtesy Shavei Israel.

Group of 700-plus individuals from India slated to make aliyah

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Israel’s Minister of Aliyah and Absorption Knesset member Penina Tamanu-Shata announced this month that in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, she is moving ahead with plans for the aliyah of 722 members of the Bnei Menashe community of...