Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together; a great company shall they return hither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them; I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble; for I am become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My first-born. (Jeremiah 31:7-8)
The Bnei Menashe are descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who were exiled by the Assyrian empire more than 2700 years ago.
By bringing 899 souls to the Jewish State, “Israel Returns” will be more than tripling the number of Bnei Menashe they have brought to Israel in the past year.
“Israel Returns” founder and chairman Michael Freund told Breaking Israel News that they, “plan to bring the first batch of 200 people before the end of the year, followed by 400 people next year and 300 in 2015. This of course is all contingent on funding.”
The cost for all 899 immigrants is a staggering $2.7 million. The Israeli government will likely chip in, but the majority of the money will need to be raised by “Israel Returns”.
“After 2,700 years, the return to Zion of a Lost Tribe of Israel continues,” a joyous Freund added, “may we merit to witness their complete return soon.”