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16  Commerce / Job Market / Job for Hebrew/English Speakers (relocate to Bangalore) on: May 17, 2009, 10:48:19 PM
We are looking for Hebrew Language Analyst for the shared services centre of Oracle India Pvt Ltd-GFIC

Overview about Oracle GFIC: - Global Finance Information Center in Bangalore is a strategic shared service finance center of Oracle finance. The center provides support for the financial operations of Oracle worldwide.

Job responsibilties:

Job duties may include: typing, filing, verifying records, generation invoices and purchase orders, opening mail, simple data entry, process expense reports and other administrative tasks. Researches and respond to internal or external inquiries; working closely with local subsidiaries finance staff. May audit expenses and payment requests against corporate policies.

Profile Description :

The candidate needs to be good at written and verbal communication in Hebrew language

The candidate also needs to be good in English communication

Willingness to relocate to Bangalore, India

Request you to circulate these details and help us with suitable references/leads for this requirement.Pls forward references to Alternatively you can also reach me on 9717005047.

17  News / In The News / Mumbai Terrorist Attack Related Articles on: March 10, 2009, 09:29:06 PM
18  Religion / Indian-Jewish Customs / Rosh Ha'Shana Customs - Food on: September 26, 2008, 09:11:01 PM
Below is the list of items customarily found on the table on Rosh Ha'Shana

1) Apple with sugar steamed with little water.
2) Garlic chives( leaves)
3) Boiled beet root
4) Dates
5) White pumpkin steamed
6) Black eyed bean pods
7) Pomegranate
8) Baked or steamed fish(red snapper) whole with the head.
9) Piece of ram's head or brain(substitute)
19  Education / Higher Learning / Jewish Cemeteries in India on: September 15, 2008, 09:47:06 AM
The below link takes you to a map I created based on Isaac Solomon's eBook of Jewish cemeteries in India. This map contains several photos and description for the cemeteries. Some are family plots and small and others are much larger. If you know of any additional locations feel free to contact me through this website.,72.83227443695068
20  Our Community / General Discussion / Jewish Community Services in India on: September 09, 2008, 06:52:01 PM
Link to a page on the El Al website for Jewish resources in India:
21  History and Geneology / Our Roots / Status of The Bene Israel in the British India Armies on: July 21, 2008, 10:48:11 PM
Attached you will find a very important document showing the favor of the British to the Bene Israel of India serving in the forces of The British India Armies. This status was approved during the time of the East India Company & later during the rule of the Raj, i.e., when India came under the crown, after the Indian mutiny.

Contributed by Nissim Moses
Courtesy of original holder Ms. Hannah Jhirad &
Through David Ezekiel

22  News / In The News / Article: Hot Economy Keeping Jews in India on: May 30, 2008, 02:10:20 PM
23  News / In The News / Article: No J-Date Here on: May 30, 2008, 02:08:17 PM
24  News / In The News / Indian Jewish 'Wedding' At Jewish Community Center In New York on: March 14, 2008, 09:12:26 AM
An article in the Jewish Press about the wedding staging at the JCC. A nice summary and information about the Bene Israel wedding ceremony.'Wedding'%20At%20Jewish%20Community%20Center%20In%20New%20Yo&sectionid=17&mode=a&recnum=0
25  News / In The News / Documentary Film - Almana Haya (אלמנה חיה) on: February 29, 2008, 02:40:31 PM
I haven't watched this documentary myself, but came across it and wanted to pass the info. It's a story of the Rabbi Yehuda Gordon who traveled to Mumbai (Bombay) in order to obtain Get (divorce) on behalf on Indian-Jewish women; in three of the cases the women lived in Israel and their husbands in Mumbai.

This film was originally aired on Channel 2, July 4, 2007 in Israel.

Both links are in Hebrew: (about mid-page).
26  News / In The News / Looking for a Show - Orot Me'Mizrach (אורות ממזרח) on: February 28, 2008, 11:02:02 PM
I'm trying to locate a show that was broadcasted in Israel about the Bene Israel community in Israel. The show was broadcasted first on March 21, 2006 - 7PM (I believe on Reshet Moreshet). Also it possible that it was an interview from a representative from the group called "Agudat Eliyahoo Ha'Navi Ve'yinon" (אגודת אליהו הנביא וינון).
27  News / In The News / Hindi Play in Dimona on: February 15, 2008, 11:05:52 AM
By Mijal Grinberg

Indian community in south Israel town enjoy Hindi play funded by U.S. Jew

Last Thursday evening, Dimona residents gathered in the city's Cultural Center to watch a new play. The play, based on the well-known Indian film "Sangam," is in Hindi and the actors are local residents of Indian origin. The hall has 600 seats. The night before, the hall was packed; on this evening, local residents took up two-thirds of the theater.

Production started over a year ago. David Mirage, an American Jewish millionaire, came to the city, was moved by its cultural diversity and decided to donate money to different projects. Director Ilan Greenberg met with Dimona's Indian residents and decided to turn "Sangam" into a play. After staging the play in Dimona, Greenberg started receiving offers to perform it all over Israel.

And so the play begins. The curtain opens to reveal a young boy, Sunder, who is in love with a girl named Radha. A girl and a boy, Radha and Gopal, approach Sunder. Sunder and Gopal fight, and Gopal leaves with Radha. Sunder promises himself that one day he and Radha will marry. These words foreshadow all that is to come.
The stage is divided into three parts and a musical ensemble is a part of the background. Behind the stage hangs the screen with the Hebrew translation. The three children grow up. Sunder is still in love with Radha, Gopal is also in love with her but suppresses his feelings out of love for his friend. Radha herself loves Gopal, but he is unattainable.

The set design allows the play to look just like a well-edited film. In tense moments, the music grows louder than the voices in the scene and the singers from the musical ensemble sing instead of the actors. Just like in Indian films, say audience members.

The audience recognizes the actors as their neighbors. They laugh, critique their fluency in Hindi and occasionally applaud. The plot moves along. Radha rejects Sunder's love and he enlists in the army to become worthy of her. When Gopal and Radha learn that Sunder is dead, they allow themselves to be together. But a short time before their wedding, the reports of Sunder's death are proved false and he returns. Gopal gives up Radha and she and Sunder marry.

During the intermission, the auditorium turns into a sort of little India. The snack bar sells Indian snacks and Indian films are on sale to all interested. The audience soon discovers that the end of the story, unlike in American films, is not a happy one. The director of the community center, Noam Cohen, reveals what everyone who is familiar with the film knows. "The end is bad, all three of them try to commit suicide. Gopal succeeds, and Sunder and Radha remain together. That's how it is in Indian films, friendship is valued above all else."
28  News / In The News / Jewish Press Article on: February 14, 2008, 02:47:47 PM
Article published today in the Jewish Press.,%20Acceptance&sectionid=14&mode=a&recnum=0

There's an error in the article regarding the link. They mentioned our website being "Jews FROM India dot org" instead of "Jews Of Indian dot org".

Or click on the PDF attached below.
29  News / In The News / Jews and India on: February 08, 2008, 04:11:22 PM
Interesting article in Forbes by Gary Weiss:

India's Jews

There's no question that India's secularism is under strain. Militant Hinduism remains as much a potent force as extremist Islam. The ongoing bloodletting in Kashmir is an open sore, and the periodic spasms of communal violence in Gujarat, combined with memories of the Mumbai bombings of 2006, have led to undeniable tensions. Just have a chat sometime with a Kashmiri Pandit--a Hindu displaced from that war-torn region--and you will know what I mean.

Yet this country of 1 billion largely impoverished people, home of the second-largest Muslim population in the world, still manages to maintain a sturdy system of democracy based on respect for religious and ethnic diversity. In the U.S., diversity is a politically correct slogan. In India it is a historical fact. Much as we in the West may resent it, India has a lot to teach us when it comes to religious tolerance.

To my mind, the best example of that can be found in the remarkable story of a tiny minority--India's Jewish community. India may be the only country in the world that has been free of anti-Semitic prejudice throughout its history. As the Jewish genealogical journal Avotaynu recently observed in an article on one Indian Jewish group, "The Bene Israel flourished for 2,400 years in a tolerant land that has never known anti-Semitism, and were successful in all aspects of the socio-economic and cultural life of the people of the region."

That's really a bit astonishing, if not ridiculous, when you think about it. Compare that with any Western nation, be it France or Russia or even the U.S., where discrimination against Jews in housing was a fact of life as recently as the 1950s. But in "backward" India, from the beginning, the Jewish communities have not only been free of discrimination but have dominated the commercial life of every place where they have settled--something that has fed traditional European anti-Semitism.

Why has India remained free of this scourge? Various reasons have been advanced for that--such as, the Hindu religion does not seek to convert those from other faiths. What we do know is that anti-Semitism seems alien to the Indian character. And if you don't believe me, I suggest you take a trip to a southern Indian town called Kochi, in the state of Kerala. There you can find the physical evidence of this glaring historical anomaly.

Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a former European settlement with a large Christian population and a seafaring heritage. It is a town of enormous charm that reminds some visitors of the Caribbean more than India. On a shabby lane in Kochi you can find a complex of four 439-year-old buildings--the Paradesi Synagogue.

There you have Exhibit A for India's tradition of secularism and day-to-day tolerance of religious diversity: the fact that this synagogue exists at all.

Kochi's Jews trace their descent back to 700 B.C., and lived in harmony with their Muslim and Hindu neighbors until--well, I guess Iíll have to backtrack a bit on my claim that there was never anti-Semitism in India. There was quite a bit in the 16th century.

Kochi's Jews were indeed persecuted--not by Indians but by the Portuguese, following in the glorious traditions of the Inquisition. With the help of the Hindu maharaja and the Dutch, Kochi's Jewish community rebuilt its synagogue, burned by the Portuguese, in its current location near his maharajah's palace. It has remained there, unmolested, ever since.

The Jews of Kochi are largely gone now, mostly emigrated to Israel, but it remains a very Jewish landmark in a very non-Jewish country. The synagogue, at least when I last visited it, had none of the heavy security that is common in large New York City synagogues. A short distance away is a Jewish cemetery, and again the distinction is in what you don't see--there's none of the overturned headstones and vandalism that have been sadly common in Jewish cemeteries in the U.S. Yes, even in Brooklyn.

It's pretty much the same story elsewhere in India. Separate Jewish communities were established over the years in Mumbai, where the Bene Israel arrived over 2,000 years ago, and in Kolkata, where a more recent community of Middle Eastern "Baghdadi" Jews became established. In the northeast of India is the Bnai Menashe, who trace their origins to the Israelite tribe of Menasseh.

The Indian Jewish community has never been very large, with the Bene Israel numbering just 35,000 at its peak in the 1950s. Yet Indian Jews have achieved distinction far beyond their numbers. A great many chose to make a career in the military under the Raj (British rule that ended with independence 60 years ago this week)--a phenomenon that, believe me, is certainly foreign to the Eastern European Jewish experience.

Indeed, the most well-known Indian Jew is an eminent soldier: Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, who commanded Indian forces in the invasion of East Pakistan in 1971. Other Indian Jews achieved distinction in Bollywood, such as the pioneering actress Sulochana, queen of the Indian silent movies. It would probably surprise most Seinfeld fans to learn that Brian George, who played the sad-sack Pakistani restaurant owner Babu Bhatt, is an Israeli of Indian descent.

To be sure, the small size of the Jewish community has meant that the Jews of India never rose to become a political force. As a community it has never exerted any influence on Indian politics, and certainly not on the rabidly anti-Israel foreign policy that has marked much of India's modern history. In other countries, the absence of Jewish communal influence--or even the absence of Jews--has not prevented rulers from using Jews as scapegoats. Poland of the late 1960s, the era of "anti-Semitism without Jews," is a good example.

All this has a way of mystifying Indians. I've always had difficulty with Indians when we've discussed anti-Semitism. They don't understand it, and to tell you the truth, I've had difficulty explaining it myself.

Indians are sometimes accused of being condescending toward Westerners, and of being excessively preachy in their attitude toward other nations. That accusation is sometimes correct. But when it comes to India's treatment of one of its smallest and most vulnerable minorities, there is ample reason to be both condescending--and proud.
30  Education / Higher Learning / Jews in Goa on: November 19, 2007, 04:03:19 PM
Attached is an article sent to me by Nissim Moses about the existance of a Jewish community in Goa.
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