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102 from India’s ‘Bnei Menashe’ officially join Israeli society

After spending the past 3 months in an absorption center, the Bnei Menashe immigrants from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram will now settle in Nazareth Illit in the Galilee, where they will begin to build their new lives in the Jewish state.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


One hundred two members of the Bnei Menashe Jewish community will officially join Israeli society on Monday, May 15.

The new Bnei Menashe immigrants arrived in Israel from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram in February. Mizoram borders Burma and Bangladesh and is home to the second-largest concentration of Bnei Menashe in India after that of the state of Manipur. Continue Reading »

78 ‘Lost Jews’ from India Return to Ancient Homeland to Resettle in Golan Heights

A group of 78 Bnei Menashe Jews return ‘home’ to settle the Golan Heights – where their ancestors, the Menashe tribe, lived 2,700 years ago before being forcibly exiled.

By Orly Harari


The Shavei Israel organization brought a group of 78 Bnei Menashe immigrants on Aliyah Thursday from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, which borders Burma and Bangladesh.

3,000th Ben Menashe oleh – Photo: Shavei Israel

Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) greeted the immigrants upon arrival.

These new olim (immigrants) will be settled in Katzrin on the Golan Heights, which was the tribal patrimony of Menashe (Manasseh) in Biblical times. Continue Reading »

Another 50 Bnei Menashe from India Make Aliyah to Israel

Organizers hail this as a ‘modern-day miracle’ in bringing exiled Jews home as the total number of Bnei Menashe so far to make Aliyah in 2014 reaches a record high of 500.

By Tova Dvorin


Fifty Bnei Menashe immigrants made Aliyah from India to Israel on Tuesday, bringing the total number of community members to make Aliyah in 2014 to 500 – the most ever.

Bnei Menashe arrive in Israel

Bnei Menashe arrive in Israel – Photo: Shavei Israel

Another 200 are slated to arrive by the end of November.

The Bnei Menashe claim descent from the tribe of Menashe (or Manasseh), one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel which were exiled by the Assyrian empire after the death of King Solomon more than 2,700 years ago. Continue Reading »

In Pictures: 38 Members of ‘Lost Tribe’ From India Make Aliyah

Amid the tears & celebrations, the ‘historic’ flight of Bnei Menashe finally landed in Ben Gurion yesterday & are now at home.

By Arutz Sheva Staff



Tears flowed freely as a group of 38 Bnei Menashe, descendants of a Lost Tribe of Israel, were greeted by relatives at Ben Gurion Airport after making Aliyah yesterday from India.

Tearful reunions as Bnei Menashe olim arrive at Ben Gurion airport – Shavei Israel

The immigrants, who hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, were brought to Israel by the organization, which recently received permission from the Israeli government to bring 900 Bnei Menashe to the Jewish state over the next 15 months. Continue Reading »

Bnei Menashe, ‘Lost’ Indian Jews coming to Israel

2,000 Bnei Menashe curently live in Israel & another 5,000 are in the pipeline waiting to immigrate. This week, the Israeli gov’t  approved 899 more Bnei Menashe to come.


SDEROT, Israel (JTA) — A Kassam rocket had just landed across the street, but it couldn’t wipe the smile off David Lhundgim’s face as he entered his apartment in this embattled town near the Gaza border.

Jewish immigrants of the Bnei Menashe arriving at Ben Gurion airport in Israel, Dec. 24, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Jewish immigrants of the Bnei Menashe arriving at Ben Gurion airport in Israel, Dec. 24, 2012.- Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Born in the rural provinces of northeast India, Lhundgim has lived in Sderot since he moved to Israel in 2007, and by at least one measure he seemed to be well-adjusted: Lhundgim didn’t flinch when he heard bombs explode outside.

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50 of Bnei Menashe community of India move to Israel


Israel’s Chief rabbi recognized Bnei Menashe as a ‘Lost Tribe’ in 2005, but only 1,700 moved to Israel before the gov’t stopped granting visas

Gov’t recently reversed policy, reopening doors for immigration for the 7,200 remaining in India

The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff




A group of 50 Jews said to descend from one of the 10 Lost Tribes prepared Thursday to immigrate to Israel from their village in northeastern India.

Ingathering of the exiles: Bnei Menashe pray prior to their departure for Israel. – Photo: AP

The members of the Bnei Menashe community prayed in their local synagogue and then hugged their crying relatives before heading off to the airport in the Manipur state capital of Imphal, 55 kilometers (34 miles) away.

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