Passport to Peoplehood: India
Immerse yourself in India’s colorful Jewish history, and learn new ways to approach the ancient story of Shavuot.
Being welcomed by their neighbors helped define the Indian Jewish community and their perception of themselves. What does it mean to welcome a stranger into your community? How can we use the Jewish concept of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests) to view welcoming as an active process, and how can we use this in the future to make everyone in our community feel included?
Articles about Indian Jews
A selection of articles from our Jewish Diversity Archive, the world’s largest online archive of material about ethnically and racially diverse Jews. Explore the archive >
Leah Franqui is stranded in her hometown of Philadelphia and missing her life in Mumbai.
Few people have any great solutions for this difficult moment in human history, but Sudeep Agarwala is one of them.
"Malida" ceremony involves prayer and offerings of fruit and nuts.
Hindus have been the most tolerant and accepting of people fleeing their homelands.
There were two synagogues in Mattancherry – one belonged to the white Jews while the oldest one belonged to the Black Jews.
The passing away of Sarah Cohen, 96, marks the end of a chapter in Kochi’s 2,000-year-old tale of multiculturalism.
Humans of Hillel highlights the identities of Jewish college students. Learn from students about why Hillel is meaningful to their Jewish identities.
The Jews in this region of Kerala go by different names: Paradesi, Malabari, Baghdadi, Cochin, Indian. But time is quietly claiming this ancient community.
These Jews and Muslims are leading by example and prove that peace is not just a pipe dream by giving hope to rest of us striving for interfaith harmony.
Highlighting JDC involvement in repairing after the Kerala flood.
An Indian orphan finds a home in a Jewish family and community
Gujarat becomes third state to recognize Jews, which entitles them to a raft of welfare benefits for religious minority communities
A recipe for making Indian Passover Seder treat
Indian, Jew, Yiddish-speaker, Tamil-speaker, linguist, professor – Meylekh Viswanath of Teaneck is, does, and thinks about it all.
There are around 6000 Jews in the country who are busy protecting the last remnants of Jewish heritage
Nandita Godbole is an Indian origin food writer and cookbook author, living in Roswell for nearly 12 years now. She was raised Hindu but has Jewish roots as well. In her upcoming book, "Not For You: Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods", she discusses some of the influences of a mixed faith marriage in the early and mid 20th century, in rural India, on a young family, and how some of the hurt was perpetuated through time.
"And in that day, a great ram’s horn shall be sounded; and the strayed who are in the land of Assyria and the expelled who are in the land of Egypt shall come and worship Hashem on the holy mount, in Yerushalayim.” Isaiah 27:13 (The Israel Bible™)
On the morning of Rosh Hashanah Eve 2016, I met Sharona Hayeems, a local Indian Jewish caterer, at her home in Dadar, a neighborhood in Mumbai where some of the remaining 4,500 Indian Jews in India still live. I was there to spend some time watching her cook for Rosh Hashanah. Read more: https://forward.com/food/382673/how-a-mumbai-cook-prepares-for-rosh-hashanah/
Baghdadi Jews mostly ran major businesses all over India, under Hindu patronage and under Muslim rule.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gifted his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu replicas of two sets of relics from Kerala, regarded as key artifacts of the long Jewish history in India.
A filmaker’s journey to uncover the story of Jews in Bollywood.
India’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that candidates for political office cannot appeal to voters on the basis of religion, caste, community or language, arguing that India’s Constitution enshrines its elections as fundamentally secular.
Artist, whose father migrated to Israel from Kerala at age of six, is showcasing that journey, and those of others before him, at the Kochi Biennale.
Needel focuses on the Jews of Mumbai, explaining how they have created a “finely balanced and unique Indo-Judaic identity through a demonstrative cultural and religious inclusions of their Indian neighbors.”
I was born and raised in a traditional Jewish family in India.
In 2011, Sonia Benjamin traveled to India on a Fulbright scholarship to interview, photograph, and document the lives of more than 70 of Mumbai’s remaining 5,000 Jews. Back at home, she transformed these stories into a stunning collection of oversized photo collage paintings called “FACES: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives.”
Offering an Indian twist on the Great Flood, The Enduring Ark finds universal themes in a biblical tale that resonates today.
A new book examines the community’s heritage and origins through a series of stunning photographs.