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Posts from the ‘Issue 12/The Indian Jewry’ Category

The Baghdadi Jews in India

By Jael Silliman
The Bagdadi Jews were religiously and culturally conservative and were a tight-knit community that lived and thrived in diaspora. The Bagdadi Jewish families settled in port cities from Basra to Shanghai and their connections to one another enabled community life to flourish as well as fueled their trading success. They were extremely successful in the shipping of opium and made fortunes in cash crops like jute, indigo and tobacco. Later they invested in real estate and opened companies of their own.

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Indian Jews in Cinema

By Kenneth X. Robbins
The ability to move between different worlds was an asset to Jewish writers and film-makers. Joseph David Penkar was a prolific playwright, screenwriter, director, and lyricist. He wrote and directed in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Urdu while being fluent in Hebrew and English. Like many other members of the Bene Israel community, he lived in the cosmopolitan environment of Bombay without losing either his Jewish or Indian roots.

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Finding Home and the Dilemma of Belonging

By Siona Benjamin
My goal is to promote the understanding about the true diversity of people in India. My project will help my audience understand the meaning of racial diversity and the need, therefore, to stop compartmentalizing "the other". I believe in the power of art to be able to make socio-political change in this world. I will strive to accomplish these goals and the Fulbright name and mission has given me more power under my wings to be also to achieve this.

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