Bnei Menashe of Northeast India Celebrate Rosh Hashana

Children from the Bnei Menashe community prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashana in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. The Bnei Menashe are descendants of one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who were exiled by the Assyrian empire more than 27 centuries ago. Several months ago, an Israeli government committee approved in principle a request made by the Shavei Israel organization to bring on aliyah the 7,200 Bnei Menashe still in India.

photo courtesy Yochanan Phaltual