The Baghdadi Jews in India

This book explores the extraordinary differentiation of the Baghdadi Jewish community over time during their sojourn in India from the end of the eighteenth century until their dispersion to Indian diasporas in Israel and English-speaking ...

Author: Shalva Weil

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 042953387X

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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This book explores the extraordinary differentiation of the Baghdadi Jewish community over time during their sojourn in India from the end of the eighteenth century until their dispersion to Indian diasporas in Israel and English-speaking countries throughout the world after India gained independence in 1947. Chapters on schools, institutions and culture present how Baghdadis in India managed to maintain their communities by negotiating multiple identities in a stratified and complex society. Several disciplinary perspectives are utilized to explore the super-diversity of the Baghdadis and the ways in which they successfully adapted to new situations during the Raj, while retaining particular traditions and modifying and incorporating others. Providing a comprehensive overview of this community, the contributions to the book show that the legacy of the Baghdadi Jews lives on for Indians today through landmarks and monuments in Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata, and for Jews, through memories woven by members of the community residing in diverse diasporas. Offering refreshing historical perspectives on the colonial period in India, this book will be of interest to those studying South Asian Studies, Diaspora and Ethnic Studies, Sociology, History, Jewish Studies and Asian Religion.

The Jews of India

Numbering about 5,000 at the population's peak, Baghdadi Jews were largely assimilated into British colonial society, did not develop a distinct material culture in India, and so are a relatively minor presence in this book.

Author: Muzeon Yisrael

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9789652781796

Category: Religion

Page: 215

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Jews of India, one of the lesser-known and perhaps most interesting of the Diaspora, comprise the three geographically and ethnographically distinct communities examined in The Israel Museum's unique and authoritative volume The Jews of India. The Bene Israel, the largest group at approximately 24,000 members, inhabited the Maharashtra State on India's western coast; its ties with mainstream Judaism were reestablished in the nineteenth century. The smallest and oldest of the Indian Jewish communities, the Jews of Cochin have been a presence on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India for at least a thousand years. They numbered about 2,500 in the mid-1950's, just prior to their immigration to Israel. The Baghdadi Jews migrated from Iraq and Syria to large commercial cities in western and eastern India in the late eighteenth century. Numbering about 5,000 at the population's peak, Baghdadi Jews were largely assimilated into British colonial society, did not develop a distinct material culture in India, and so are a relatively minor presence in this book. Esteemed editor Orpa Slapak spearheaded studies of all three Indian Jewish communities in Israel and in India, and has assembled a vivid and powerful portrait of these peoples. The text is profusely illustrated with striking color and black and white photographs of Indian Jews at home, work, prayer, and leisure, as well as a multitude of remarkable Indian Jewish artifacts, including illuminated manuscripts, lamps, clothing, jewelry, and household implements. Several maps, useful glossaries, and a selected bibliography complete the volume.

Who Are the Jews of India

Who Are the Jews of India? is the first integrated, comprehensive work available on all three of India's Jewish communities.

Author: Nathan Katz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520920729

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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Of all the Diaspora communities, the Jews of India are among the least known and most interesting. This readable study, full of vivid details of everyday life, looks in depth at the religious life of the Jewish community in Cochin, the Bene Israel from the remote Konkan coast near Bombay, and the Baghdadi Jews, who migrated to Indian port cities and flourished under the British Raj. Who Are the Jews of India? is the first integrated, comprehensive work available on all three of India's Jewish communities. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Nathan Katz brings together methods and insights from religious studies, ritual studies, anthropology, history, linguistics, and folklore, as he discusses the strategies each community developed to maintain its Jewish identity. Based on extensive fieldwork throughout India, as well as close reading of historical documents, this study provides a striking new understanding of the Jewish Diaspora and of Hindu civilization as a whole.

Jewish Communities of India

Historians, Judaic studies specialist, India area scholars, postcolonialist, and sociologists will all find this book to be an engaging study.

Author: Joan G. Roland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135130982X

Category: History

Page: 392

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Although the Bene Israel community of western India, the Baghdadi Jews of Bombay and Calcutta, and the Cochin Jews of the Malabar Coast form a tiny segment of the Indian population, their long-term residence within a vastly different culture has always made them the subject of much curiosity. India is perhaps the one country in the world where Jews have never been exposed to anti-Semitism, but in the last century they have had to struggle to maintain their identity as they encountered two competing nationalisms: Indian nationalism and Zionism. Focusing primarily on the Bene Israel and Baghdadis in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Joan Roland describes how identities begun under the Indian caste system changed with British colonial rule, and then how the struggle for Indian independence and the establishment of a Jewish homeland raised even further questions. She also discuses the experiences of European Jewish refugees who arrived in India after 1933 and remained there until after World War II.To describe what it meant to be a Jew in India, Roland draws on a wealth of materials such as Indian Jewish periodicals, official and private archives, and extensive interviews. Historians, Judaic studies specialist, India area scholars, postcolonialist, and sociologists will all find this book to be an engaging study. A new final chapter discusses the position of the remaining Jews in India as well as the status of Indian Jews in Israel at the end of the twentieth century.

Jewish Portraits Indian Frames

A riveting family portrait of four generations of Jewish women from Calcutta.

Author: Jael Silliman

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781584653059

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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A riveting family portrait of four generations of Jewish women from Calcutta.

Almost Englishmen

The book combines history and cultural studies to look into a significant yet relatively unknown period, analyzing to full effect the way Anglo culture transformed the immigrant Bagdhadi Jews.

Author: Ruth Fredman Cernea

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739116470

Category: Religion

Page: 175

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Before the Second World War, two golden 'promised lands' beckoned the thousands of Baghdadi Jews who lived in Southeast Asia: the British Empire, on which 'the sun never set, ' and the promised land of their religious tradition, Jerusalem. Almost Englishmen studies the less well-known of these destinations. The book combines history and cultural studies to look into a significant yet relatively unknown period, analyzing to full effect the way Anglo culture transformed the immigrant Bagdhadi Jews. England's influence was pervasive and persuasive: like other minorities in the complex society that was British India, the Baghdadis gradually refashioned their ideology and aspirations on the British model. The Jewish experience in the lush land of Burma, with its lifestyles, its educational system, and its internal tensions, is emblematic of the experience of the extended Baghdadi community, whether in Bombay, Calcutta, Shanghai, Singapore, or other ports and towns throughout Southeast Asia. It also suggests the experience of the Anglo-Indian and similar 'European' populations that shared their streets as well as the classrooms of the missionary societies' schools. This contented life amidst golden pagodas ended abruptly with the Japanese invasion of Burma and a horrific trek to safety in India and could not be restored after the war. Employing first-person testimonies and recovered documents, this study illuminates this little known period in imperial and Jewish histories.



Jews and India

Exploring the image of Jews in India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book looks at both the Indian attitudes towards the Jewish communities of the subcontinent and at the way Jews and Judaism in general have been represented ...

Author: Senior Lecturer Department of Anthropology Yulia Egorova

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134146558

Category: History

Page: 160

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Exploring the image of Jews in India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book looks at both the Indian attitudes towards the Jewish communities of the subcontinent and at the way Jews and Judaism in general have been represented in Indian discourse. Despite the fact that the Indian Jewish population constitutes one of the country’s tiniest minorities, the relations of the local Jews with other communities form an integral part in the history of Indian multiculturalism. This has become increasingly apparent over the last two centuries as Judaism and its image have been incorporated into the discussions of some of the most prominent figures of different religious and nationalist movements, leaders of independent India, and the Indian mass media. Furthermore, recent decades witnessed mass adoption of Israelite identity by Indians from two different regions and religious groups. Being a topic that has received little attention, Jews and India seeks to rectify this situation by examining these developments and providing a fascinating insight into these issues. This volume will be of interest to scholars of Jewish and Indian cultural studies.

The Jews of India

knowledge of the Bene Israel , the Baghdadi Jews for a considerable period
excluded the Bene Israel from their minyans , did not allow them to marry in their
synagogues and excluded them from their communal charities , though individual
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Author: Benjamin J. Israel

Publisher:

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Category: India

Page: 149

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India s Jewish Heritage

The Book Documents The Vanishing Heritage Of The Relatively Unknown Indian Jewsih Communities: The Bene Israel Of Maharashtra, The Cochin Jews Of The Malabar Coast, And The Baghdadi Jews Who Settled In Bombay And Calcutta.

Author: Shalva Weil

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 124

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The Book Documents The Vanishing Heritage Of The Relatively Unknown Indian Jewsih Communities: The Bene Israel Of Maharashtra, The Cochin Jews Of The Malabar Coast, And The Baghdadi Jews Who Settled In Bombay And Calcutta. It Combines Scholarship With Photographic Documentation.

Jewish Issues in Multiculturalism

The Baghdadi Jews in India “ remained attached to the teaching and tradition of
Baghdad , seeking guidance from that city ' s hahams ( wise men ) in questions of
ritual and law ” ( Roland , 1989 , p . 19 ) . Interestingly , though religiously they ...

Author: Peter F. Langman

Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 385

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Relative Histories

Between Religion and Nation Jael Silliman's Jewish Portraits , Indian Frames :
Women's Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope opens ... The Baghdadi Jews
began to trade in India in the late eighteenth century and many began to settle in
large ...

Author: Rocío G. Davis

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 183

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An analytically innovative work, Begin Here widens the current critical focus of Asian North American literary studies by proposing an integrated thematic and narratological approach to the practice of autobiography. It demonstrates how Asian North American memoirs of childhood challenge the construction and performative potential of national experiences. This understanding influences theoretical approaches to ethnic life writing, expanding the boundaries of traditional autobiography by negotiating narrative techniques and genre and raising complex questions about self-representation and the construction of cultural memory.

Population Review

Unfortunately , in the official Government of India decennial all - India Censuses
all Indian Jews are enumerated as such and are not subdivided into the three
different Indian Jewish groups . The Jews as such are listed under the Census ...

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Category: Population

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Bene Appetit The Cuisine of Indian Jews

Some have even turned vegetarian! Extensively researched, with heartwarming anecdotes and mouthwatering recipes, Bene Appetit offers a holistic portrait of a little-known community.

Author: Esther David

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9353579589

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The Jewish community in India comprises a tiny but important part of the population. There are around five thousand Jews and five Jewish communities in India, but they are fast diminishing in number. Intrigued by the common thread that binds the Indian Jews as a whole despite their living in different parts of the country, Esther David explores the lifestyle and cuisine of the Jews in every region, from the Bene Israelis of western India to the Bene Menashes of the Northeast, the Bene Ephraims of Andhra Pradesh, the Baghdadi Jews of Kolkata and the Kochi Jews. She discovers that while they all follow the strict Jewish dietary laws, they have also adapted to the local cuisine. Some have even turned vegetarian! Extensively researched, with heartwarming anecdotes and mouthwatering recipes, Bene Appetit offers a holistic portrait of a little-known community.

Proceedings

Before examining the development of bathing practices among Jews and
Christians in India , it is important to note that for many Jews in India there is no
sense of being either Jewish or Indian . Instead they consider themselves both
Jewish ...

Author: Eastern Great Lakes and Midwest Biblical Societies

Publisher:

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Category: Bible

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Ethnic Plurality in India

However , the implications of their Indian experience for their modes of response
to other societies can only be hinted at ... Neither the Baghdadis nor the
European Jews in India have received much attention from scholars , but both the
Bene ...

Author: Richard Alonzo Schermerhorn

Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press

ISBN:

Category: Ethnology

Page: 369

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Significant work focuses on those Indian ethnic communities that cannot be defined in purely caste terms. Important contribution to comparative ethnic studies.

The Jewish Journal of Sociology

6 Unlike the Cochin Jews and the Bene Israel , the Baghdadi Jews were
comparatively late settlers in India ; the term ' Baghdadi ' referred also to Jews
who had come from Basra , from Aleppo in Syria , from Iran , and from Aden .
They came in ...

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Category: Jewish sociology

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