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1  Religion / Indian-Jewish Customs / Re: Indian Jewish Wedding on: July 17, 2007, 08:20:27 PM
Welcome Yoel.

You might be able to include Indian elements in your Chuppah design.  Here's a picture for reference:

The thing is that a canopy similar to the Chuppah is also used at Hindu weddings (the canopy is called Mandap), so I'm not sure if you would consider an Indian-themed Chuppah as incorporating Hindu traditions.

You can also include Indian design elements in the overall design of the wedding.  For example, flowers, napkins, etc. can include the red color, which is the color associated with weddings in India.

In addition, the henna ceremony and the turmeric ceremony is something that's practiced by Jews in India, and you might be able to incoporate that into the wedding day or pre-wedding days.

Also, in the Bene Israel Indian Jewish community, the groom sings a special song "Yonati Ziv" to welcome his bride to the chuppah.  It is sung in Hebrew with an Indian motif.

I hope this helps... Best of luck in your wedding preparations.   Smiley

Let me know if you'd like any additional information.

2  Our Community / Socialize / Re: Arrivals: From Bombay to Netanya, via Cairo on: July 07, 2007, 04:52:13 PM
Welcome, Kaustav!  Hope to be able to read your thesis, it sounds very interesting.  Best of luck with your PhD work!
3  Announcements / Events / Re: "Shalom Asmara" at Sephardic Jewish Film Festival on: May 29, 2007, 10:17:55 AM
Dear Ezra,

I'm not sure if this film is available for purchase. 

It was screened at the Sephardic Film Festival, organized by the American Sephardi Federation.  Perhaps you could e-mail them and ask them whether you can purchase the movie through them.  Their web site is , and their contact info is:

15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 USA
Tel 212-294-8350
Fax 212-294-8348

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00,
Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern Time

I hope this helps!

4  Announcements / Events / June 16th 6:30pm: An evening of Indian film songs past and present on: May 15, 2007, 04:35:36 PM
An evening of Indian film songs in NYC:

eyeBLINK Special Events in collaboration with Indian Music Meet-Up Group present

Sureeli Shaam, An evening of Indian film songs past and present

One night only! Hand-picked, talented singers, accompanied by a LIVE BAND, serenade you with your favorite Indian film songs. National TV Personality Obaid Kadwani will emcee the event.

We will cover songs from the legendary Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and others as well as contemporary hit singers such as Alka
Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan and many more.

Have a hit song from the past or the present that you'd like to hear?
Email us at and we'll do our best to include it in Sureeli Shaam!

Don't miss this melodious event.  Buy your tickets today!

Where & When
Saturday, June 16th, 2007
Saint Illuminator's Church
221 East 27th Street, NYC

Tix: $15 advanced purchase, $20 at door
5  Entertainment / Music / Hebrew / Hindi Song on: May 08, 2007, 07:30:07 PM
Here is a link to a song sung in Hebrew and Hindi, by an Israeli Artist:

6  Entertainment / Music / Rivers of Babylon — Religious and Secular Music of the Iraqi Jews on: May 05, 2007, 07:24:54 PM
Rivers of Babylon is a group of singers and instrumentalists that specialize in the religious and secular music of the Iraqi (Babylonian) Jewish tradition: instrumentals, folk songs and hymns (shbahoth) for Sabbaths, festivals and life cycle events, sung in Hebrew—in the Babylonian (Iraqi) pronunciation, Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic and Arabic. The melodies are composed in the melodic modes (angham or maqamat) of Arab music, and reflect characteristics of Iraqi folk song.

Most of the group members have known each other since childhood and were born into the Baghdadian Jewish community in India (Mumbai and Calcutta), thus representing a cultural tradition which was transported from Iraq to India and now to the UK. The group includes ethnomusicologists, an expert on the Chinese erhu (spike fiddle), architects, a writer, accountant, secretary and fire prevention officer.

Most of the songs performed are known as shbahoth (literally ‘praises’), the most popular type of hymn in the Jewish Babylonian (Iraqi) tradition. Known as pizmonim or zemiroth in other Jewish traditions, shbahoth (singular shbah) are paraliturgical songs for daily use, Sabbaths, festivals, weddings and births.

They are usually sung around the dinner table, during or following a festive meal, though they may also be sung at synagogue, on pilgrimage, or other occasions. The texts are especially composed poems, of a religious nature, often expressing national troubles and hopes, and of beauty and literary merit, with the poet’s name usually shown as an acrostic formed from the initial letter of each verse. On Sabbaths and festivals shbahoth are sung unaccompanied.

Their vast repertoire includes songs such as Deror Yiqra, Ki Eshmerah Shabbath, Yah Ribbón ’Alam, Eliyahu Eliyahu and others. Sara Manasseh (dumbuk, voice) is the musical director of Rivers of Babylon. Other members of the group are Ahmed Abd Alrhman (’oud), Dena Attar (violin), Margery Cohen (voice), Solomon Elias (mandolin), Pamela Solomon (voice), Solly Solomon (voice), and Susan Verney (violin).

More information on Rivers of Babylon, including their upcoming performances and CDs, can be found on their homepage,
7  Announcements / Events / "India’s Independence Day with a Jewish Twist" August 12th 2007 at JCC Manhattan on: May 05, 2007, 07:20:11 PM
An upcoming event at the JCC Manhattan:

August 12th 2007, 2 p.m.: A Celebration of India’s Independence Day with a Jewish Twist

India celebrates its 58th Independence Day on August 15th. Join us in a display of solidarity among India, Israel and the United States. The program will include representatives of the Israeli and Indian consulates in New York and entertainment featuring both Indian and Israeli music and dance. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored with the Indian Jewish Community of the USA.

The price is $20 for JCC members and $25 for non-members.

JCC Manhattan is at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th Street.

Please go to to register.
8  Announcements / Events / "The Jews of India" Event at the JCC in Manhattan on June 19th 2007 on: May 05, 2007, 07:17:20 PM
An upcoming event at the JCC in Manhattan:

June 19th 2007, 6 p.m.: The Jews of India: An Introduction to Film, Food, Music and Henna!

Romiel Daniel, president of the Indian Jewish Community of the USA, will talk about the long, proud history of Jews in various regions of India. A buffet dinner, including a variety of vegetarian Indian delicacies and Indian music will follow. You can even have your hands and feet adorned with special henna decorations! Co-sponsored with the Indian Jewish Community of the USA, a new and very welcome JCC partner and with the Sharon Chapter of Haddasah.

The price is $20 for JCC members and $25 for non-members.

JCC Manhattan is at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th Street.

Please go to to register.
9  Announcements / Events / "Shalom Asmara" at Sephardic Jewish Film Festival on: January 24, 2007, 05:22:42 PM
Hi friends,
I thought you might be interested in this event  Smiley

NY Premiere
Shalom Asmara - Tuesday, February 6, 2007 / 6:30PM

Shalom Asmara documents the untold story of the Jews of Eritrea, in western Africa. At the turn of the 20th century, Jews from the southern Arabian Peninsula and the coasts of the Mediterranean settled Asmara, then under Italian rule. They once formed a strong local community, but by 1975 few of them were left. Today, their story is preserved with jealous nostalgia by the elders and by followers of other religions.

15 West 16th Street  between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

$10 general / $8 members, students and seniors
Phone 917.606.8200 or email
Purchase tickets online at
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