Return of the Exiles
The Bnei Menashe, or “Children of Manasseh,” are a community of Jews who claim descent from the lost tribe of Menashe. After assimilating into Asiaitic idolatrous tribes over 2,500 years ago, many adopted Christianity from Welch missionaries in the 1900s.
In the 1990s, the Bnei Menashe were discovered by researchers of the 10 Lost Tribes. Their interest in connecting back with their Biblical roots led many of them to convert to normative Judaism and make Aliyah.
Today there are 5,200 Bnei Menashe in Israel, with another 5,000 still in Burma and India, preparing for the Israeli government to authorize their legal return home.
The Bnei Menashe have a great love for the Land of Israel, and the majority of them move to villages and towns in Judea and Samaria.