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High school students marry off new immigrant couple

Against all odds and across distant borders, students at the Neveh Channah high school raise funds, organize wedding for new immigrants.

High school students marry off new immigrant couple

First known Chinese language dreidels produced for Kaifeng Jews

Shavei Israel produces hundreds of Dreidels with Mandarin text for Chinese Jews.

First known Chinese language dreidels produced for Kaifeng Jews

11 Bnei Menashe couples marry soon after making Aliyah

Couples marry in group ceremony at Shavei Israel center in Nordia weeks after making Aliyah from India.

11 Bnei Menashe couples marry soon after making Aliyah

Watch: Shavei Israel launches new conversion seminary for English speakers

Shavei Israel and Rabbinical Council of America launch English-language conversion institute in Jerusalem.

Watch: New conversion seminary for English speakersplayer

Jerusalem: Shavei Israel opens new English-language institute to smooth conversion process

Shavei Israel and Rabbinical Council of America to open English-language conversion institute in Jerusalem.

New institute to help English-speakers convert to Judaism

Subbotnik Jew granted Israeli citizenship after 3-year battle

After nearly three years of battling Israeli bureaucracy with the help of Shavei Israel, Anna Bocharnikova granted Israeli citizenship.

Subbotnik Jew granted Israeli citizenship after 3-year battle

When elders reveal they're Jewish on their deathbeds

Mariusz Robert Opałko discovered he was Jewish at the age of 50. His wife also turned out to be a hidden Jew.

When elders reveal they're Jewish on their deathbeds

Jewish wedding at synagogue ruins is first in 1,500 years

Site of Europe's second-oldest synagogue hosts first Jewish wedding in over 1,500 years.

Jewish wedding at synagogue ruins is first in 1,500 years

2 tons of matzah shipped from Israel to Poland Jewish community

Shavei Israel group sends 2 tons of matzah to provide for Poland's small Jewish community during the upcoming Passover holiday.

2 tons of matzah shipped from Israel to Poland Jewish community

'There's a reason why Germany built its death camps in Poland'

Emergence of Polish hidden Jews proves Poland's anti-Semitic past, NGO says.

'There's a reason why Germany built its death camps in Poland'

Families reunite as 82 Bnei Menashe immigrate to Israel

Chen hasn't seen her sister for 15 years. Yaakov didn't see his mother for 3 years. Last night, thanks to "Shavei Israel" they reunited.

Families reunite as 82 Bnei Menashe immigrate to Israelplayer

102 'Bnei Menashe' officially join Israeli society

Indian immigrants leave absorption center, settle in Nazareth Illit.

102 'Bnei Menashe' officially join Israeli society

10 Indian-Jewish ‘lost tribe’ couples remarried in Israel

Ten Indian-Jewish couples from the Bnei Menashe “lost tribe” marry in a Jewish ceremony at an absorption center in northern Israel.

10 Indian-Jewish ‘lost tribe’ couples remarried in Israel

Bnei Menashe tribe prepare for Passover in northern India

Bnei Menashe prepare matzot for Pesach, hope to immigrate to Israel.

Bnei Menashe tribe prepare for Passover in northern India

15 Polish 'hidden Jews' make first Israel visit

The Shavei Israel organization brings group to celebrate Purim in the Jewish state.

15 'hidden Jews' from Poland visit Israel for the first time

Aliyah from China: Jewish history in the making

Arutz Sheva welcomes home 5 women from ancient Chinese Jewish community after thousands of years, in 'fulfillment of prophecy.'

Aliyah from China: Jewish history in the makingplayer

Chinese Jews come home after thousands of years

In first Kaifeng Aliyah in seven years, women who reconnected with their ancient Jewish roots have their 'prayers answered.'

Five Chinese Jews come home after thousands of yearsplayer

523 years after expulsion Sicilian Jewry reawakens

1,000 citizens of Palermo commemorated the expulsion and forced conversion of Sicilian Jews over five centuries ago.

523 years after expulsion, Sicilian Jewry reawakens

Interview with Laura Ben-David of Shavei Israel

From today's ILTV edition. Shavei Israel works to bring lost and forgotten tribes of Israel back to their roots.

Watch: ILTV interview with Laura Ben-David of Shavei Israelplayer

Bnei Menashe suffers damage in India quake

An earthquake in northeastern India caused 'extensive damage' to Ten Lost Tribes community in Manipur.

Bnei Menashe community suffers damage in India quake

Bnei Menashe celebrate first Hanukkah in Israel

Members of 'lost tribe' who made aliyah just this past summer celebrate their first ever Hanukkah in the holy land.

Video: Bnei Menashe celebrate first Hanukkah in Israelplayer

Watch: Jews of Kaifeng celebrate Hanukkah

After many centuries, a small but powerful Jewish reawakening is occurring in China.

Watch: Jews of Kaifeng celebrate Hanukkahplayer

Jewish community in Kaifeng celebrates Hanukkah

Chinese Jews in Kaifeng, China, gather to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah and light the traditional menorah candles.

Jewish community in Kaifeng celebrates first night of Hanukkah

Lodz Opens First Jewish Kindergarten

Seven decades after Nazi extermination of Lodz ghetto, Polish city to open first Jewish kindergarten as Poland witnesses Jewish revival.

70 Years after Holocaust, Lodz Opens First Jewish Kindergarten

Minister Personally Greets New Bnei Menashe Olim

Some 100 Bnei Menashe immigrants landed in Ben Gurion Thursday, where they were welcomed by Interior Minister Silvan Shalom.

Interior Minister Personally Greets New Bnei Menashe Olimplayer

Group of 78 'Lost Jews' from India Makes Aliyah

Bnei Menashe will be settled in the Golan Heights – where their ancestors, the Menashe tribe, lived.

Group of 78 'Lost Jews' from India Makes Aliyah

Moving Scenes as Bnei Menashe Visit Joseph's Tomb

100 recent olim from the Bnei Menashe tribe erupt into song as they visit their forefather Joseph's Tomb after 2,700 years apart.

Watch: Lost Tribe's 2,700 Year 'Family Reunion' at Joseph's Tombplayer

Shavei Israel Has Brought Back Thousands of Jews

The organization has literally facilitated the return of thousands of people to Judaism around the world and is still seeing more demand.

Under the Radar, Shavei Israel Has Brought Back Thousands

Italy's Lost Jews are Returning

How one rabbi is leading efforts across Italy to build new communities for long lost Jews.

From Sicily to Naples, Italian Crypto-Jews are Returning

'Israel Must Not Lose Forced Converts to Portugal'

Portugal on Thursday approves giving Jewish Inquisition victims' descendants citizenship; 'Israel must reconnect them with Jewish people.'

'Israel Must Not Lose Forced Converts to Portugal'

Meet the Subbotniks - from Russia to Israel

Group of Russian Jews who kept their love for Shabbat, Judaism slowly making its way to Israel.

Meet the Subbotniks - from Russia to Israelplayer

Video: Welcoming the Bnei Menashe Immigrants

A group of more than 200 Bnei Menashe immigrated to Israel recently. Watch the re-cap of the arrival and the emotional arrival ceremony.

Video: Welcoming the Bnei Menashe Immigrantsplayer

Bnei Menashe Olim Visit Israeli Holy Sites

Dozens of olim from the Bnei Menashe tribe in northern India tour Israel's holy places for the first time in their lives.

Watch: 'Lost Tribe' Visits Israeli Holy Sites for First Timeplayer

'A Ray of Light' as Bnei Menashe Return from India

43 Jews from India arrive, bringing year total to a record 410. MK Lipman: 'the arrival should remind us of the special times we live in.'

'A Ray of Light' as Bnei Menashe Return from India

Watch the 'Lions of Zion' Crowned in Jerusalem

See live feed of Moskowitz Prize for Zionism ceremony, recognizing key nationalists in Israel.

Watch the 'Lions of Zion' Crowned in Jerusalemplayer

First Batch of 250 Bnei Menashe Arrive in Israel

First group of Bnei Menashe land in Israel from northeastern India; more than 200 to follow.

First Batch of 250 Members of 'Lost Tribe' Arrive in Israel

Historic Seder Held in Kaifeng

Remnants of ancient community returning to their Jewish roots with first Seder in memory, sponsored by Shavei Israel organization.

Historic Seder Held in Kaifeng

Kaifeng Community to Hold First Pesach Seder

Ancient Kaifeng community to hold community seder for the first time in 'historic' return to Jewish roots.

Ancient Chinese Jewish Community to Hold First Pesach Seder

Watch A Chinese Jew's Heartfelt Passover Song

Ram, the cantor of China's renewed ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, sings of redemption.

Watch A Chinese Jew's Heartfelt Passover Songplayer

Another 40 'Lost Tribe' Members Arrive in Israel

Bnei Menashe aliyah continues as organizers hail 'ingathering of the Exiles'; grandfather meets 13 grandchildren for the first time.

Families Reunited as Members of 'Lost Tribe' Arrive in Israel