15 May, 2021

Exodus Revisited

A diplomat’s wife traces the footsteps of Indian Jews in Israel

Photo courtesy: Bension Benjamin
Exodus Revisited

Promised Land: India Chapter

  • Seventy thousand Jews of Indian origin live in a country of seven million
  • Began migrating to Israel in the 1950s, after being wooed by representatives of the Jewish Agency, an organisation in charge of immigration
  • Migrated from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Calcutta and Kerala where they had lived
    in pluralistic neighbourhoods and not encountered anti-Semitism
  • Settled by the Israeli state in undeveloped towns or farming communities
  • Most are unable to break the barriers of class, colour and status; but second and third generation are better off than first
  • Their cultural and community programmes reflect a proud connection with India


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