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Bnei Menashe children lighting candles for the first night of Chanukah in Churachandpur, India.

According to the Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund, “The Bnei Menashe are descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes exiled from the Land of Israel more than 2,700 years ago by the Assyrian empire. So far, some 3,000 Bnei Menashe have made aliyah thanks to Shavei Israel over the past 15 years, including more than 250 this year. Another 7,000 Bnei Menashe remain in India waiting for the chance to return home to Zion.”



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