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Saturday, June 29 • 10:50am - 12:00pm
Indian Jews and their Synagogues -A New Guide to 30+ Synagogues in India Reflecting the Diverse Jewish Communities of India

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Nahendra Modi's visit to Israel in 2017 was the first visit of a Prime Minister of India to Israel.  In celebration of that visit, Jay A. Waronker and Marian Scheuer Sofaer created a book on the synagogues of India to present to him at the Israel Museum.

Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune have synagogues that are grand structures created in the heyday of the Baghdadi Jewish community's financial success.  Kochi (aka Cochin) has one synagogue that is a world heritage site and three others that can be easily visited around Cochin.

The Bnei Israel community is still active in Mumbai and the suburb of Thane.  India offered tolerance to Jews over the course of over two thousand years, and over 30 synagogues can still be visited there.
Come find out where you are invited to Shabbat dinner in Mumbai!

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Janice Farber

Human Interest, Interviewer
Janice was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where she received a B.A. in Clinical & Industrial Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), and a Graduate Honors degree in Human Resource Management, Graduate School of Business Administration, WITS.  She immigrated... Read More →
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Marian Scheuer Sofaer

Attorney & Book Editor
Marian Scheuer Sofaer is the editor of Synagogues of India, a book describing more than thirty synagogues still extant in India.  The book was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel in 2017.  Her husband, Abe, grew up in the Baghdadi Jewish community... Read More →

Saturday June 29, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm PDT
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)