Does Push for India’s ‘Lost Tribe of Menashe’ Signal New Interest in Farflung Jewish Communities?

BY
06 Jun 2016
Israel

From the Forward:

Israel will spend 8.1 millions shekels, or about 2 million dollars, to bring more than 712 members of India’s Bnei Menashe community to Israel this year, the Israeli news site Walla reported last week.

In the past, the Ministry of Absorption and the Jewish Agency have handled group immigration to Israel. But in the case of the Bnei Menashe, a group that claims distant ties to the biblical Israelites, their immigration has been spearheaded by Shavei Israel, an Israeli organization that seeks “lost” and “hidden” Jews around the world, to take on the task of group resettlement.

While the Jewish Agency has collaborated with Shavei in efforts to bring the group to Israel, the Israeli non-profit has championed the small group from northern India.

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