This Puerto Rican-Jewish author misses her Mumbai home

PJ Grisar, Forward, 05/20/2020

Leah Franqui is stranded in her hometown of Philadelphia and missing her life in Mumbai.

Meet the challah-tinkering yeast scientist who’s helping pandemic bread bakers get a good rise

Philissa Craer, JTA, 03/31/2020

Few people have any great solutions for this difficult moment in human history, but Sudeep Agarwala is one of them.

Indian Jews Encourage Global Participation in Unique Tu Bishvat Ritual

Ruth Abusch-Magder and Eddna Samuel, Jewish&, 02/04/2020

"Malida" ceremony involves prayer and offerings of fruit and nuts.

India Today, Home to Many Tibetan, Afghans, Africans and Many Other Ethnic and Religious Minorities

Surinder Jain, NewsGram Desk, 09/18/2019

Hindus have been the most tolerant and accepting of people fleeing their homelands.

600-Year Old Kadavumbhagam Synagogue in Kochi Collapses: A Look at History

TMN Staff, The News Minute, 09/11/2019

There were two synagogues in Mattancherry – one belonged to the white Jews while the oldest one belonged to the Black Jews.

A Jew’s death wakes up Kochi’s history

Nidheesh M.K., The Mint, 09/09/2019

The passing away of Sarah Cohen, 96, marks the end of a chapter in Kochi’s 2,000-year-old tale of multiculturalism.

Fostering Inclusion at Hillel

Humans of Hillel, Hillel International, 09/03/2019

Humans of Hillel highlights the identities of Jewish college students. Learn from students about why Hillel is meaningful to their Jewish identities. 

Ravaged by age, shrunk by immigration, India’s remaining Jews hang on

Briana Trujillo, Religion News Service, 08/07/2019

The Jews in this region of Kerala go by different names: Paradesi, Malabari, Baghdadi, Cochin, Indian. But time is quietly claiming this ancient community.

The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity (Routledge South Asian Religion Series)

Shalva Weil, Routledge; 1 edition, 07/08/2019

This book explores the extraordinary differentiation of the Baghdadi Jewish community over time during their sojourn in India from the end of the eighteenth century until their dispersion to Indian diasporas in Israel and English-speaking countries throughout the world after India gained independence in 1947.


My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

Paula J. Freedman, Harry N. Abrams, 01/01/1970

With the cross-cultural charm of Bend It Like Beckham, this delightful debut novel is a classic coming-of-age story and young romance with universal appeal.

Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders

Opalka Gallery and Albany NY, , 09/08/2016

Opalka Gallery exhibits the work of Siona Benjamin, internationally acclaimed Jewish-Indian artist in Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders

Minority's major contribution to Mumbai

Farhana Madar, The Free Press Journal, 07/02/2016

Mumbai is the city of dreams – this awareness makes every single civilian beam with pride. However, let’s stop and take a moment to consciously realize what it took to get to this point of development. It was with sweat and blood and communal contribution – much of which came from Mumbai’s minorities. One of which was and still is the small but eclectic Jewish Community.

Maharashtra State in India Grants Jews Minority Status

Ayesha Venkataraman, The New York Times, 06/22/2016

MUMBAI, India — Jews in the Indian state of Maharashtra were granted minority status this week, a decision that was celebrated by local Jewish leaders, though they said they were still trying to grasp the full range of benefits Jews might derive from the new status.

India's Jews renew push for official minority status

JTA and Staff, The Times of Israel, 04/13/2016

The spicing up of Jewish cuisine

Dhanya Samuel, Indian Link, 04/05/2016