Bnei Menashe to settle in Golan Heights


A young oleh from Manipur arrives at Ben Gurion Airport. Photo courtesy of Shavei Israel

A group of 78 Bnei Menashe immigrants on aliyah from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, which borders Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, arrived in Israel today, through the work of Shavei Israel,  an organization that reaches out and assists Lost Tribes and “Hidden Jews” seeking to return to the Jewish people. Absorption Minister Zev Elkin greeted the immigrants upon arrival.

These new olim will be settled in Katzrin on the Golan Heights, which was the tribal patrimony of Manasseh in biblical times. This is the first time that Shavei Israel is settling a group of Bnei Menashe on the Golan, some 2,700 years after their ancestors were exiled from the land.


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