Here we present the basic details of the challenges facing the Bnei Menashe community in 2014, and appeal to you to consider helping us in funding these challenges. The Bnei Menashe Council (BMC) invests efforts in locating donations from various sources, including the State of Israel, Habayit Hayehudi party, the Zionist Orthodox Enterprise (ZOE), philanthropic funds around the world, and private donors in Israel and the Jewish World.
- Challenge 1: Bringing the Remainder of the Bnei Menashe Community to Israel
- Challenge 2: Welfare Coordinators’ Project for Assistance and Support
- Challenge 3: Food Baskets for Elderly Families and the Unemployed
- Challenge 4: Educational Scholarship and Vocational Training
- Challenge 5: Rabbis and Religious Assistants in each Community
- Challenge 6: Social-Sports Coordinator for Youngsters
Challenge 1: Bringing the Remainder of the Bnei Menashe Community to IsraelAbout 2000 Bnei Menashe community members remain in the Manipour and Mizouram regions in India and their families in Israel pray daily for them to be allowed to come here. As the aliya of the community is included in the Law of Return and immigrants are not given an absorption basket (financial assistance package) in Israel, we recommend bringing them to Israel and providing them with basic support for the first three months.
|Flights and transfers||$2,000|
|Initial grants for renting apartment and purchasing basic supplies||$2,500|
|Expenses for coordination and assistance in the aliya process, per person||$500|
|Total cost of bringing one BMC member to Israel||$5,000|
|Cost of bringing a family to Israel||$20,000|
|Cost of bringing 30 members of BMC to Israel in 2014||$150,000|
Challenge 2: Welfare Coordinators’ Project for Assistance and SupportWith their arrival to Israel each new immigrant has to deal with daily life in a new environment.
The Bnei Menashe is a very reserved community and they require long-term assistance in dealing with local authorities, such as health funds, banks, etc.
The solution – appointing a Hebrew speaking welfare coordinator for each community in which the Bnei Menashe lives. This is a 60 hour a month position, for a total of 8 locations. The welfare coordinator will accompany the older members of the Bnei Menashe community and help them with all their needs in adapting to their new home. A national coordinator will train local coordinators and oversee their work.
|Annual cost of one welfare coordinator||$12,000|
|Total cost of the welfare coordinators’ project, in 8 locations||$100,000|
Challenge 3: Food Baskets for Elderly Families and the UnemployedSeveral members of the Bnei Menashe community are elderly and cannot work and many cannot find work to support their families. Together with a large food association, we are looking for your help in supporting 30 needy families in 2014.
|Weekly cost of a food basket for a family||$80|
|Annual cost of a food basket for a family (50 weeks)||$4,000|
|Total of food baskets for 30 families for 2014||$120,000|
Challenge 4: Educational Scholarship and Vocational TrainingThe great challenge of helping the Bnei Menashe community integrate into the Israeli society involves their ability to provide academic education to their youngsters to learn a new profession that is in demand in Israel, and to provide educational support for school students.
We offer you the opportunity to be a partner in supporting and encouraging the Bnei Menashe community in their educational integration into the Israeli society.
|Scholarship for a student for one year, including accommodation||$11,500|
|Tuition fees for student for three year academic degree||$22,000|
Local coordinator/counselor, half time position, afternoon hours, for enrichment courses
|Annual cost for one coordinator per location||$8,000|
|Cost of annual educational coordinators, for eight locations||$100,000|
Challenge 5: Rabbis and Religious Assistants in each CommunityAccording to a Chief Rabbinate Decision in 2005, the Bnei Menashe members must undergo religious conversion. Due to their affiliation to the Zionist-religious movement, most Bnei Menashe members maintain a Zionist religious way of life.
They require the assistance and support of community rabbis, whom we wish to train in giving evening Torah lessons, holding special programs for youngsters, and providing rulings in kashrut and other religious issues.
|Annual cost of a community rabbi, per location||$18,000|
|Annual cost of community rabbis and assistants||$240,000|
Challenge 6: Social-Sports Coordinator for YoungstersThe culture of leisure, extracurricular programs, and afternoon enrichment classes for children are an important and integral part of making the Bnei Menashe community feel part of the Israel society and helping them integrate as equal members.
We offer several annual programs for which we need support, in order to develop their pride as a community and expand the horizons of the Bnei Menashe members around Israel.
|Sports day for youngsters during the summer, existing program, including facilities, food and transportation||$12,000|
|Annual meeting for community members in Nitzan, with the participation of 900 members, including activities and transportation||$22,000|
|Annual cost of educational coordinator for youngsters, per city||$12,000|
|Annual cost for operating youth coordinators around the country||$150,000|