SHAVEI ISRAEL OPENS THE DOOR

to all who have decided to return to the Jewish people. We reach out to Lost Tribes and Hidden Jews from Poland to Peru and Barcelona to Brazil to help them reconnect with their heritage.

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.

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Shavei Israel was founded

in 2002 by Michael Freund. While serving as the Deputy Communications Director under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997, Freund opened an envelope that arrived in the mail one day. That simple action was to profoundly change his life as well as that of many others.

COMMUNITIES

Shavei Israel has success stories from around the globe.
Communities we work with include:

SPAIN, PORTUGAL, AND LATIN AMERICA

Bnei Anousim (or Marranos) whose ancestors were compelled to convert during the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago

INDIA

Descendants of one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel such as the Bnei Menashe

POLAND

Hidden Jews from the Holocaust era

RUSSIA

Subbotnik Jews whose forefathers embraced Judaism two centuries ago

CHINA

The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng

BRAZIL

Jews of the Amazon

PERU

The Inca Jews of Trujillo

ITALY

The Jews of San Nicandro and the Bnei Anousim of Sicily and southern Italy

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Since its inception, Shavei Israel…

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…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.

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…has brought over 3,000 Bnei Menashe to Israel. There are still another 7,000 waiting to make their way from India.

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…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.

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…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.

We believe the Jewish people is a family with links that never vanish completely. Our endeavor is to strengthen the links wherever they may have been weakened by history, distance, or social parameters.

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