Bene Israel Jews from India: Images in Art from Siona Benjamin

On pages 44-46 of the December issue of Moment Magazine, artwork by Siona Benjamin, a Bene Israel Jew of India, is on display. Siona remembers the imagery of her childhood synagogue: “the oil lamps, the velvet-and-silver-covered Torahs, a chair left vacant for the prophet Elijah.” Her ornate art mingles her Jewish upbringing with fragments of the cultures that surround her: Hinduism, Islam, Catholicism, Zoroastrianism and, since becoming a U.S. citizen, mainstream America.

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