This Year in India: Celebration of Passover in the Bene Israel Tradition

Rolling the dough; photo courtesy Dr. Shalva Weil.

Rolling the dough; photo courtesy Dr. Shalva Weil.

by Nissim Moses

The Bene Israel community originated in Maharashtra in India. According to their tradition, they arrived on the Konkan Coast, south of presentday Mumbai, in approximately 175 BCE. Some date this back to an even earlier date.

Like other diaspora Jews, the Bene Israel celebrated the festival of Passover for eight days, with two Seder nights. In the second part of the twentieth century, it became common practice to perform the first Seder with family and to organize a communal Seder for the second night.

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Strangers in Their Home: A Visit to Tbilisi

In Tbilisi, Georgia, hot meals are served at the JDC-supported Hesed to destitute elderly Jews. Photo by  James Nubile; courtesy JDC.

In Tbilisi, Georgia, hot meals are served at the JDC-supported Hesed to destitute elderly Jews. Photo by James Nubile; courtesy JDC.

On the heels of Passover, we should be reminded that thousands of Jews are still on a journey from slavery.

by Joy Sisisky

I recently had the pleasure and privilege to spend a week visiting the Jewish community in Tbilisi, Georgia. If you don’t know where it is, don’t worry – neither did I until a few weeks ago. The Republic of Georgia is situated on the Black Sea bordering Russia to the north and Turkey, Armenia and Azebaijan to the south. A Jewish community of more than 10,000 lives peacefully among the people nestled between the big city and Caucasus.

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Amidst the Turmoil, a Model Seder Takes Place in Ukraine

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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), in partnership with The Jewish Agency, organized a model seder last week for children in Ukraine. Photos by Moshe Bukhman, courtesy The Fellowship … [Continue reading]

The New Dynamic Between Israel and the Jewish World

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by Dvir Kahana Over the next few weeks, the Government of Israel will decide upon a crucial resolution which will have a lasting impact on Diaspora relations. The Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry is a new blueprint we … [Continue reading]

Hadassah WZOA Threatens to Halt Donations if Hospital Control is Taken Away

According to Globes, "In an urgent motion filed on Friday with the Jerusalem District Court, the Hadassah Organization threatens that if control of the hospital is taken away from the organization, not only will it halt donations to the hospital, the … [Continue reading]

Four Questions to Make Your Seder Night Different from all Other Seder Nights

As Jews throughout the world prepare to sit down at their seder tables, the UK's Institute for Jewish Policy Research has prepared a discussion guide to add a different dimension to your seder. Using some of the data from a recent UK community … [Continue reading]