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Bnei Menashe in Israel

Kfar Hasidim—Children from the Bnei Menashe community of Northeast India, who just made aliyah with their families, are already celebrating their first Shavuot in Is­rael at the Shavei Israel immigrant absorp­tion center in Kfar Hasidim, near Haifa.

The new Olim, who hail from the north­eastern Indian state of Manipur, were brought to Israel by the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization, which received permission from the Israeli government last October to bring 900 Bnei Menashe to the Jewish State by 2015.

The Bnei Menashe are considered to be descendants of the tribe of Menashe (or Ma­nasseh), one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel exiled by the Assyrian Empire after King Sol­omon’s death more than 2,700 years ago.

“After 2,700 years, we are bringing mem­bers of the Lost Tribe of Bnei Menashe home to Israel. Their arrival here on the eve of Sha­vuot is particularly fortuitous, since they will now be able to celebrate the festival of the giving of the Torah for the first time here in the Jewish state,” said Michael Freund, founder and chairman of Shavei Israel.

By Rebecca (Langer) Modell

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