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Producer to attend NW screening on Jews of India

A free screening of the documentary “This Song Is Old,” about the B’nei Menashe Jews of India, will take place Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Sun City Social Hall, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. in Oro Valley.

The B’nei Menashe, who live in the northeastern Indian province of Manipur, have been recognized by the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel as the descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel.

The world’s only substantial group of practicing East Asian Jews, the B’nei Menashe came by way of China to live along the India-Myanmar border, hundreds of miles from any major city, and even farther from their nearest Jewish neighbors.

In the film, three Chicagoans travel to this remote area to bring the B’nei Menashe their first Torah scroll. One of them was Sabra Minkus, a producer of the documentary, who will be at the screening and will take part in a discussion after the film.

The event is cosponsored by the Northwest Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Sun City Havurah. For more information, contact Anne Lowe at 577-9393, ext. 130 or