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Women from the Cochin Jewish community perform on stage during a culture event at Bar-Ilan University. Photo by Victor Yitzhak, Cochin Jewish Heritage Center.

Meet the Cochin Jews: Israel’s oldest Indian community

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Whatever way you look at it, the Jewish community of Cochin is an ancient one. If you rely on traditional lore, the Jews of the city of Cochin in southwestern India can trace their roots...
From left: First Pvt. Ayala Tova Hangshing; Minister of Aliyah and Absorption Penina Tamanu-Shata; Shavei Israel’s Coordinator for Bnei Menashe Tzvi Khaute; and Shavei Israel’s chairman and founder Michael Freund. Credit: Courtesy Shavei Israel.

Group of 700-plus individuals from India slated to make aliyah

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Israel’s Minister of Aliyah and Absorption Knesset member Penina Tamanu-Shata announced this month that in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, she is moving ahead with plans for the aliyah of 722 members of the Bnei Menashe community of...
Israeli travelers who had been stranded in South America due to shutdowns prompted by the coronavirus arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport from São Paolo through New York on March 23, 2020, Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Israel works to fly thousands of Israelis home during shutdowns

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The 3,000 Israelis who had traveled to India to take a temporary break from the whirlwind of life found themselves dealing very much with the reality of it as the coronavirus spread around the...
A celebratory bar mitzvah crowd dances with Moshe Holtzberg, orphaned in the Mumbai Chabad center massacre that took the lives of his parents 11 years ago this week. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Orphaned in Mumbai in 2008, Moshe Holtzberg celebrates his bar mitzvah

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Moshe Holtzberg, who was orphaned in the Mumbai Chabad center massacre that took the lives of his parents 11 years ago this week, was called to the Torah for the first time in his hometown of Afula, Israel, on Shabbat and celebrated his bar mitzvah on...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a joint appearance in India. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Report: India warns of imminent terror threat to Israelis and Jewish sites

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India’s intelligence service has warned Israel of immediate, specific threats to Jewish institutions and Israeli tourists in the country, Israeli and Indian media reported on Monday. India has shared with Israel specific information regarding advanced-stage...
Indian politician Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaks at Mandi Samiti Ground in Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 15, 2019. Credit: Indian National Congress.

Report: Israeli Malware used to hack Indian politician’s smartphone

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Indian National Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was informed by WhatsApp Inc. that her phone was hacked during India’s election campaign this year by Malware from the Israeli firm NSO Group, the party...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Jan. 15, 2018. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

India issues Yom Kippur terror alert for Israelis, Jewish institutions in country

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Israeli security services are working with their Indian counterparts to prevent an attack in the country during the Jewish holidays and especially on Yom Kippur, which begins on Tuesday evening, Israel’s Channel 12 reported...
Jewish Indian Gen. Jack Farj Rafael Jacob. Credit: Screenshot.

Israel to posthumously honor Jewish Indian general

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Israel will posthumously honor Jewish Indian Gen. Jack Jacob on April 30 with a plaque at the Ammunition Hill memorial site, reported Indian media on Sunday. Jacob, who died of pneumonia in 2016 at the...
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg (right) officiates at a wedding in Mumbai as his wife, Rivka (left) looks on. The Holtzbergs, the founders and directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, were killed along with four guests during a brutal attack on their center 10 years ago. Credit: Chabad.org.

Tragedy and resolve: 10 years after Mumbai terror

Ten years ago, on a cold, overcast Friday morning in Brooklyn, N.Y., reporters filled the lobby of the Jewish Children’s Museum for a hastily arranged press conference. The previous 48 tense, unsettling hours had jumped...

Largest exodus of Benei Manashe Jews underway from Manipur; 432 have left for Israel...

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“I have been weeping silently for months whenever the thought of leaving my home, my family struck me. Yet, the yearning to return to the holy land is too strong.” Nemchin Touthang, a 57-year-old...