Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bnei Menashe Arrive in Israel

225 members of the Bnei Menashe community from the state of Manipur in northeast India will complete their aliyah through Shavei Israel this week.

Upon their arrival in Israel, the immigrants will move to the absorption center in Kfar Hasidim, and upon completion of the absorption process will move to the Galilee.

The Bnei Menashe community in India sees itself as descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the ten tribes that were expelled from the Land of Israel more than 2,700 years ago by the Assyrian Empire. Members of the community speak a language which belongs to a family of Sino- Tibetan languages ​​spoken in northeastern India, where most of the Bnei Menashe live - in addition to eastern Bangladesh and western Burma.

"We are happy and excited to receive 225 members of the Bnei Menashe community who are returning home to Israel," said Michael Freund, founder and founder of Shavei Israel, "We are in the midst of a very busy year for us - and this is only the beginning. 429 members of the Bnei Menashe community have already made Aliyah since the beginning of January 2018, and we are determined to continue our historic mission until the last remaining members of the community in India can return to Zion."

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