ICEJ helps sponsor latest Aliyah flight of Bnei Menashe.
A group of 248 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe from northeast India arrived in Israel early Tuesday morning on an Aliyah flight sponsored in part by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. With the ICEJ’s funding of flight tickets for 49 of these newest immigrants to Israel, the ICEJ is wrapping up a remarkable banner year for our Aliyah efforts, despite the Corona lockdowns and travel bans worldwide.
Due to Corona, the new arrivals will be quarantined for two weeks at a facility near Netanya and will begin lessons on Hebrew and Judaism, before settling down in Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.
The Bnei Menashe community dates their heritage back 2700 years to the time when the Assyrian empire exiled the northern ten tribes of Israel, including the tribe of Menashe. They were re-settled with other Israelites in Persia and along the ancient Silk Road. Over the centuries, their particular community ventured east into China and later down into northeast India, before reconnecting with Israel and the Jewish mainstream in recent decades.