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RABBI DAVID ROSEN
ON HINDU-JEWISH RELATIONSHIP
VHPSampark 2009 (3.19)

INDIA AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE
Einat Wilf, 2012 (1.58.08)

B’NEI MANASSEH
LOST TRIBE OF ISRAEL IN INDIA RETURNS TO ISRAEL
WhiteMinar (Sabtei Israel) 2011 (9.45)

INDIAN DIVERSITY
THE BENE ISRAELI
youmazdatube  2011 (9.54)

MUMBAI, INDIA JEWISH HERITAGE 1 JewishHeritageMasa, 2010 (12.02)

MUMBAI, INDIA JEWISH HERITAGE 2 JewishHeritageMasa, 2010 (8.32)

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WE ARE MEETING AFTER 70 YRS:
PM MODI TO INDIAN COMMUNITY
IN ISRAEL
NDTV 2017 (58.08)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Israel on Monday for his three-day visit. He is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, making it a historic trip. PM Modi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin in Tel Aviv. The leaders are seeking to strengthen India-Israel relationship on a range of areas including defence and technology. Wide-ranging delegation-level talks have been planned between the two countries to enhance India-Israel ties in security, agriculture, water, energy and defence, among others. PM Modi and Prime Minister Netanyahu will also discuss measures to counter terrorism and increase cooperation in sharing of intelligence in this regard. Economic, cultural and people-to-people ties are also scheduled to be discussed and a number of agreements are expected to be signed between
India and Israel.

JUDAISM,
INDIA'S OLDEST FOREIGN RELIGION
WION  2017 (3.15)

RABBI GAVRIEL AND
RIVKAH HOLTZBERG TRIBUTE
MYJLI 2008 (6.37)
A Special Memorial Video made by JLI about the Chabad Shluchim who were killed in terror attack in Mumbai India

TERRORISTS STORM CHABAD HOUSE
IN MUMBAI,
infolivetvenglish  2008 (4.00)
101 people were killed, 314 people injured and six Israelis taken hostage in an onslaught of brutal terror attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai
late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

According to breaking reports, one terrorist has been killed while four others remain barricaded inside the Chabad House in Mumbai after the terrorists stormed the location at 4:30 am on Thursday morning. 11/27/08


JEWS OF MIZORAM - INDIA
Journeyman Pictures 2007 (12.15)


JINDIA: THE KUKI PEOPLE, POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS OF ONE OF ISRAEL'S LOST TRIBES
France 24 2017 (16.19)


PRESERVING WHAT’S LEFT OF A ONCE-THRIVING JEWISH COMMUNITY IN INDIA
PBS 2016 (6.49)
The coastal Indian city of COCHIN was once home to a thriving Jewish community; immigrants came for the spice trade and ended up settling there. But in 1955, the community largely vanished as its residents departed en masse to the newly founded state of Israel. Now, it’s a struggle to preserve the structures and relics of Jewish heritage that remain.

JEWS IN COCHIN 1969
Calico centric 2011 (2.53)
Jews in Cochin, Kerala from an 1969 documentary series named L'inde Fantôme  by Louis Malle. Episode name  Les etrangers en Inde.

JEWS OF COCHIN - PART 1 OF 2
Joshjhall 2010 (9.53)


JEWS OF COCHIN - PART 2 OF 2
Joshjhall 2010 (7.15)

Mint 2017 (MAHARASHTRA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO AWARD JEWS ‘MINORITY’ STATUS
Mint 2016 (2.43)

THE JEWS OF JEW TOWN, MATTENCHERRY, KERALA, INDIA.MPG
Mark Ulyseas  2012 (20.47)
Synagogueinte Naatil (In The Land Of Synagogue) - 2011 is film based on historical facts. This film is in Malayalam with English sub-titles. The translation is wanting. I wish to thank Mr.Thaha Ibrahin for granting permission to upload this video. Thaha is a very special person who has lived and worked among the Jews of Jew Town Mattencherry, Kerala, India.


INDIAN DIVERSITY THE BENE ISRAELI
youmazdatube 2011 (9.54)

A very important non-Jewish community that had an impact on the Bene Israel was the Christian missionaries. In the eighteenth century many Christian missionaries came to India. Some of them had anthropological interest in India. They began with their own theories about the origins of Bene Israel and other researchers including the Bene Israel themselves also began theorizing the origins of the Bene Israel. Different researchers came to different conclusions. Among the theories there were a few which came to conclusion that the Bene Israel's forefathers arrived in India before the destruction of the second Temple and this is because the Bene Israel (meaning children of Israel) did not call themselves Jews (In the narrow sense the Jews are descendants only from the two of the twelve tribes of Children Of Israel, Yehuda and Benjamin) . For the same reason others concluded that the Indian Bene Israel are from the 'Lost Tribes' which are the ten tribes (of the twelve tribes of the Children Of Israel) whom the Assyrians exiled from the Land Of Israel in 800 BC and what happened of them is not known (and are therefore called Lost Tribes) . Others concluded that the Bene Israel originate from the tribes of Zvulun and Asher and that's because the Bene Israel engaged in the profession of oil pressing which is believed to be the profession popular among the tribes of Zvulun and Asher. Other reasons that support the theory that the Bene Israel Jews are in India for over 2000 years is the fact that they weren't aware of the main Jewish tradition which evolved in Judaism between 200 BC to 300 AD. Others concluded that the Bene Israel are Jews who came to India from Arab countries at a much later period, somewhere around the seventh century AD. And there are other theories, among them is that the Bene Israel aren't at all of Israeli origin.

According to Bene Israel tradition, somewhere between 1000 AD to 1400 AD a Jewish merchant, David Rahabi, arrived in west India. The Bene Israels believe that Rahabi was Moses Maimonides (a very respected Jewish scholar also called 'Rambam') brother. Rahabi was surprised to find this Bene Israel community which followed some Jewish traditions and festivals. He decided to enlighten them with all the Jewish traditions. He chose three men from the Bene Israel community and taught them Talmud and other Jewish books. These three people became to be known as 'Kaji' (meaning judge in Arabic) and were religious and social leaders of the Bene Israel community. And so, it is believed, began the revivification of the Bene Israel Jews towards Judaism. Later on in the eighteenth century Cochini Jews and other Jewish communities also began to associate religiously with the Bene Israel Jews.


SCENES OF JEWISH LIFE
IN KERALA, INDIA (1937)
magnesmuseum 2013 (4.38)

Documentary footage made by anthropologist David Mandelbaum in September, 1937.

David Goodman Mandelbaum (1911-1987), who taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1946 until his retirement in 1978, was one of the first cultural anthropologists to undertake ethnographic research in India. In 1937, he visited Kerala during the High Holy Days, and spent two weeks with the Jewish community there, documenting many of their customs, taking photographs and a short film, and collecting materials he published in "The Jewish Way of Life in Cochin" (Jewish Social Studies 1/1939) and in several later articles. Mandelbaum served in the U.S. Army in India and Burma during the Second World War, and taught at the University of Minnesota before coming to U.C. Berkeley. His many publications included the authoritative two-volume "Society in India" (1970). His analysis of the social structure of the Kerala Jews had a significant influence on subsequent scholarship about them.

David G. Mandelbaum collection, 1976.311.3
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Bancroft Librar University of California, Berkeley, www.magnes.org



THE OLDEST SYNAGOGUE IN MUMBAI
BUILT IN 1796
the Shaar Harachamim or ‘Gate of Mercy’

INSIDE THE ‘GATE OF MERCY’ SYNAGOGUE
Signs are written in English,
Marathi *local Language’ and Hebrew

KENESETH SYNANGOGUE (1884)
ONE OF TWO BAGHDADI SYNGOGUES  MUMBAI.
 Has some of the finest stained glass
in Mumbai.  Founded by the Sassoons


SYNAGOGUES

BETH EL SYNANGOGUE (1849),
MUMBAI

KENESETH SYNANGOGUE (1884)
More than 100 years of monsoons have affected its structure