Indianness thriving in the nuclear town of Israel
Dimona (Israel), Sept 28: Dimona, famous for its dome shaped structure atop the nuclear centre, is also home to a big Indian community that is strongly connected to its “roots” and is consistently involved in efforts to “solidify” it.
In efforts to keep the new generation connected with their heritage, community leaders have put a lot of effort to educate them in India’s traditions and a special section created in the Central Municipal Library here is playing a central role in achieving this goal.
“The elder community members had contributed books that they brought with them from India to the Municipal Library and when we saw the treasure we pushed for the creation of a special section so that our children could learn about our glorious past and appreciate their roots,” community leader and chairman of the central organisation of Indian Jews, Moshe Benjamin, said.
“Our town is known as little India in Israel and you can see signs of Indianness all around”, he said.
With the efforts of Benjamin and Indian origin Deputy Mayor of the town, the special section of the library was created and during the recent years the stocks have been rapidly growing with community members visiting India contributing books generously following their trip.
“I am a regular visitor to the library and reading the books brings back vividly the memories of India. It is also encouraging to see the youngsters in the Indian community taking interest in the books”, Yoel Sogaonkar said.