Indian Jewish Congregation Takes Part in Israeli Day Parade for the First Time

The Indian Jewish Congregation of USA, participated for the first time in the Israel Day parade held on June 4th 2006 to show it’s solidarity with the state of Israel and other Jewish communities all over the world.

The IJC of USA last year collected funds so that it could send two Sifrei Torah to the Beth El Synagogue in Panvel, Mumbai. This synagogue had lost all its six Sifrei Torah in the heavy rains of 2005. This was greatly appreciated by the community in India. This has given an impetus to do more for the community in India as well as to further increase its activities in the USA itself. Religious services for the High Holy Days Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have been conducted for the Indian Jewish Community for the past 11 years.

The participation of the Indian Jewish Community in the Israeli Day Parade has helped in increasing the awareness among the American Jewish communities to the fact that there are other Jewish communities across the globe with a common history but with different traditions, all finally leading to a common tie, Judaism and its practices.

The IJC IN New York will aspire to increase its religious and social activities in the USA to ensure continuity of tradition and build a well knit community to keep alive our Indian heritage and our Indian Jewish Heritage.

Sincere thanks to the Indian Consulate , the India Tourism office for their support and Bension Reuben and Nathaniel Benjamin of Top Notch Moving &Storage;for the beautifully designed T-shirts for all the participants.

For further information visit the IJC of USA website at www.jewsofindia.org

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