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31  Announcements / Events / Rosh Hashanah Eve Service on: September 10, 2008, 08:34:43 AM
The Village Temple
33E 12th Street
New York, NY 10003

September 29, 2008
At 7:00 PM
32  History and Geneology / Our Roots / Re: Indian-Jewish Cemeteries in India on: September 02, 2008, 01:42:50 PM
The link to Isaac Solomon's photo gallery has changed. You can view the new gallery at:
33  History and Geneology / Our Roots / Transcript, in Hebrew, About the Status of Bene Israel on: August 13, 2008, 10:29:48 AM
Attached is the transcript of proceedings from the special meeting of the Knesseth. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol reiterates that the government of Israel views Bene Israel from India as Jews without any exceptions. This meeting occured after a street demonstration due to discrimination by elements at the Israeli rabbinate.

This document was contributed by Mr. Joe Hodes (Doctoral Student) and forwarded to me by Nissim Moses.
34  Education / Higher Learning / Villages and Towns (Possibly) Linked to Bene Israel Surnames on: July 17, 2008, 03:54:03 PM
I've plotted the villages/towns after receiving several requests to make the locating/identifying places easier. The map I used for reference are from Shirley Berry Isenberg's book. I've tried my best to plot the location as accurate as possible. I've also noticed that in couple of cases that there are two villages with the same spelling and within the same tahsil that are associated with two differently spelled last names. Those villages also had only one reference point on the map so I've only plotted the first point. If anyone can clarify, I’ll be glad to make the appropriate adjustments. Click the village/town name on the left and the location will appear in a balloon. You can switch to satellite view in case you wish to add some color to the map  Wink
35  Announcements / Events / The Indian Jewish Wedding Ceremony: A Showcase on: December 11, 2007, 11:28:51 PM
Join Romiel Daniel, president of the Indian Jewish Congregation of USA, as he takes the audience step-by-step through an enactment of the Indian Jewish wedding. You’ll discover the unique aspects of this life-cycle event which includes special blessings and the Eliyahu Hanavi ceremony, a uniquely Indian Jewish ritual performed on special occasions. The evening will include a display of photographs of Indian synagogues and mikvaot (ritual baths), music and a festive kosher vegetarian Indian dinner. Come in traditional Indian dress, if you like, and don’t miss this exciting opportunity.


The JCC in Manhattan
Date: Sunday, February 17th, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM
Entrance: $20 (JCC and IJC Members)/$25 (Non-Members)
Includes a Kosher Indian Vegetarian Meal
Code: ACFIND00W8

To purchase online, go to:
Scroll down the page to find the event and make a purchase; or alternatively call 646-505-5708.

The JCC in Manhattan Location:
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
(Program room assignments will be available at the JCC Customer Service Desk, in the lobby of the Samuel Priest Rose Building.)
36  Entertainment / Other Entertainment / Bene Israel Stand Up Comedian on: October 02, 2007, 11:25:40 AM
Check out the article:
37  Announcements / Events / Celebrate Hanukkah at "India House" on: September 24, 2007, 02:02:30 PM
Tuesday, December 11th 2007 at 5:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Indian Jewish Congregation and the Indian Consulate.

The Consul General of India Ms. Neelam Deo has confirmed the sponsoring of these celebrations with the Indian Jewish Congregation of USA to show the diversity of India and the strengthening of relations between India and Israel.

IJC will conduct the ceremonies. The event will be embellished by Indian and Israeli dancers followed by Kosher Indian buffet dinner.
38  Announcements / Events / A Talk With Author Sophie Judah on: September 24, 2007, 02:00:02 PM
Author Sophie Judah will be giving a talk about the book that she has written, called "Dropped from Heaven." Sophie Judah is originally from Jabalpur, India, now living in Israel. Her book has been published by Random House. The talk will be followed by a discussion and book-signing. The venue will be communicated at a later time.
39  Announcements / Events / Simchat Torah - October 7, 2007 on: September 24, 2007, 01:57:43 PM
Starting at 4:30 p.m. onwards.
The holiday events will be held at the Village Temple at 33 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003.
See attached flyer for more information.
40  Religion / Prayer Books / Re: re:tanslation of "yonati ziv" in english on: August 28, 2007, 08:21:18 AM
The translation sent to me by Romiel Daniel:

My Dove, the aura of your beauty
seems like silver
And I, to your love
shall sing a song of maidens.
The fairest of all the maidens (2)
who from my eyes did make sleep astray.
Your lips are like roses,
dripping with the nectar of love,
Your eyes are like doves,
burning with the flame of fire
Your words sweet in my ears (2)
sweeter than song and instruments
that pronounce strength and power.
Sing, for with dispatch shall I build the city
that is praised in the world,
And the peoples of Edom and Seir I shall break
Your leg shall I redeem from shackles (2)
And on your enemies shall I wake
like a zealous man of war.
Let not your hands weaken yet,
fear not, the surrounding armies,
for the scattered flock I will remember,
Israel, who I call my home.
I shall let them graze in every mountain and island (2)
I shall settle them from the lands of wandering
I shall settle the barren cities.

In Hebrew:

יונתי זיו יפעתך –דמה לכסיל ונימות
ואני לאהבתך אשיר שיר העלמות

נאוה מכל העלמות נאוה מכל העלמות:
נדדו לתשוקתך- מעפעפיי תנומות

שפתותיך שושנים נוטפות מור אהבה
עיניך כמו יונים בוערות אש להבה
מדברך לי ערבה מדברת לי ערבה
משיר שרים ונוגנים הוגים עוז ותעצומות:

נאוה מכל העלמות נאוה מכל העלמות:
נדדו לי תשוקתך-מעפעפי תנומות

רני כי חיש אבנה עיר ה-הוללה
כתבל ובני אדם ושעיר אשבור כשבר נבל
רגלך אפדה מכבל- רגלך אפדה מכבל -
ועל שונאיך אעיר ,קנאה כאיש המלחמות

נאוה מכל העלמות נאוה מיכל העלמות:
נדדו לתשוקתך- מעפעפיי תנומות

אל ירפו ידיך עוד צבייה – אל תיראי-
את יתר צאנך אפקוד ישראל עמי מוראי –
ארעם בכל הר ואי- ארעם בכל הר-ואי
אושיבם  מארץ נוד-אושיב ערים נשמות:

נאוה מכל העלמות נאוה מיכל העלמות:
נדדו לתשוקתך- מעפעפיי תנומות
41  History and Geneology / Our Roots / Indian-Jewish Cemeteries in India on: July 15, 2007, 10:10:44 PM
Many of the cemeteries don't seem to be in a good condition and appear abandoned. Worth a look at this past that soon may disappear:
42  Our Community / Socialize / Arrivals: From Bombay to Netanya, via Cairo on: May 29, 2007, 08:56:19 AM
Profile of an Indian-Jewish family who made aliya last year.

Article in the Jerusalem Post:
43  Announcements / Events / Hoduyada 2007 - Eilat, Israel on: January 31, 2007, 02:29:05 PM
Article source:

Israeli Indians pledge strong ties with country
Harinder Mishra in Eilat

Four thousand Indians have celebrated 'Hoduyada', the gathering of Indians, in this southern coastal town, pledging to strengthen political and cultural ties with India.

"We call upon Indians in Israel to grab the opportunity to connect themselves to their motherland that we all love through the Overseas Citizenship of India scheme," Noah Massil, President of Central Organisation of Indian Jews in Israel, said.

"We have always taken pride in our Indian origin. We never faced any discrimination, the sort of anti-semitism in Europe, during our days of exile and have brought the message of peaceful co-existence with us," Massil added.

COIJII has planned weeklong cultural activities in August to celebrate 15 years of diplomatic relations with Israel, he later told PTI.

"You are a very important link between India and Israel. While contributing and integrating with the Israeli society you have continued to maintain the Indian tradition", India's Ambassador to Israel, Arun Kumar Singh, told the community.

Singh also informed the community about a series of academic programmes the Indian government has introduced for the diaspora's youth.

The beach on the Red Sea coast was transformed into a 'mini-Chowpatty' as Indian music reverberated in the air during this three-day programme with stalls of 'bhelpuri', 'papri chaat' and other snacks.

"We maintain our Indian-ness in every possible way. Food, Music, ritual practices and family values, whatever you look at, you will find continuity, I immigrated as a 16 year old and this celebration takes me back to my childhood. I hope to be in India next year," Shimshon dancing to Dus Bahane, said.

Indian artists, dancer Priyanka Shetty and singer Kavita Somi, specially flew down to the coastal city for the celebrations.

Thousands of Indian youngsters danced on the beach with Mujra performed on the stage to Jab pyar kiya to darna kya.

Several local artists from the community also performed during the three-day cultural programmes.

There are 70,000 Indian Jews living in Israel, spread across the country, and about 40,000 Israeli youngsters travel to India every year, most of them immediately after their compulsory army service.
44  Announcements / Events / Sounds, Sights and Taste of Jewish India, 2-3-07 on: January 29, 2007, 11:23:50 AM
Florida International University
Center for the Study of Spirituality

For more information:
Temple Emanu-El: 305-538-2503


The sounds, the sights and the tastes of South India will come to South
Beach – with a Jewish twist. A program that mixes Indian Jewish music with a
photography exhibit of South Indian Jewry and is spiced with Indian
refreshments, will take place February 3 at 8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1701
Washington Ave., Miami Beach.A unique program of Indian Jewish music and a
photography exhibit of South Indian Jewry will be featured, along with the
additional spice of kosher Indian refreshments, will take place February 2 at 8
p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

Cantor George Mordecai, accompanied by musicians,  will perform Indian
Jewish songs and photographer-author Ellen S. Goldberg will speak about her
year spent living among the Jews of Cochin, India. The program is part of the
Jewish Spirituality Lecture Series by Temple Emanu-El and the innovative Center
for the Study of Spirituality at Florida International University.

Mordecai is the musical director at Temple Emanu-El. He was raised in
Sydney, Australia, with the haunting melodies of Jewish Calcutta and Rangoon,
his family’s home for generations. He studied at the University of New South
Wales in Australia and Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and performs
Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Middle Eastern liturgical music at concert halls and
synagogues around the world.

Goldberg is a photographer and author who lived for a year in the ancient
Jewish community at of Cochin, South India, photographing and conducting
research for her 1993 co-authored and critically-acclaimed book, The Last Jews
of Cochin: Jewish Identity in Hindu India. Her photographs of the near-extinct,
2,000-year old community remain on display in Temple Emanu-El’s gallery. She
also will sign copies of her 2005 book, Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah.

The event is $15 at the door or $10 in advance. To make a reservation or
for more information, call Temple Emanu-El at 305-538-2503.
45  History and Geneology / Our Roots / On Being Jewish, Indian and Women - An Occasional Communication on: January 12, 2007, 01:35:34 PM
Below please find a file attached of the newsletter "On Being Jewish, Indian and Women".
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