India

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Jewish history in India goes back hundreds of years. Today, there are three main groups in India with different histories, and a sizable number of Indian Jews living in Israel. The three groups are Cochin Jews, from South-West India’s Kerala region, Bene Israel, from Mumbai and surrounding areas, and Baghdadi Jews, from Kolkata and nearby. Smaller communities include the Bene Ephraim, Bnei Menashe and Afridi/Pathans.

At Kulanu, our main contact has been with the Bene Ephraim and Bnei Menashe, thanks to the visits of Jack and Diane Zeller, Rabbis Bonita and Gerald Sussman, and Judi Kloper.

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