S havei Israel is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to assisting descendants of Jews and the Lost Tribes of Israel to reclaim their roots. Active worldwide, Shavei Israel is the starting point for anyone with Jewish heritage or ancestry who yearns to return.
Founded by Michael Freund, with the aim of strengthening the ties between the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the descendants of Jews around the world, Shavei Israel is currently active in over a dozen countries and provides assistance to a variety of communities.
Bnei Anousim (or Marranos) whose ancestors were compelled to convert during the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago
Descendants of one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel such as the Bnei Menashe
Hidden Jews from the Holocaust era
Subbotnik Jews whose forefathers embraced Judaism two centuries ago
The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng
Jews of the Amazon
The Inca Jews of Trujillo
The Jews of San Nicandro and the Bnei Anousim of Sicily and southern Italy
…has helped more than 2,000 Bnei Anousim from Spain and Portugal and over 1,000 Hidden Jews from Poland reconnect with their Jewish heritage.
…has brought over 3,000 Bnei Menashe to Israel. There are still another 7,000 waiting to make their way from India.
…continues to reach out to lost Jews and assist them in coming to terms with their heritage and identity in a spirit of tolerance and understanding.
…has maintained a position of not proselytizing nor does it support any form of missionary activity. Shavei Israel responds to personal expressions of desire to return to Judaism.