Tagged Indian Jews

‘Lost’ Indian Jews coming to Israel despite skepticism over ties to faith

Jewish immigrants of the Bnei Menashe arriving at Ben Gurion airport in Israel, Dec. 24, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

SDEROT, Israel (JTA) — A Kassam rocket had just landed across the street, but it couldn’t wipe the smile off David Lhundgim’s face as he entered his apartment in this embattled town near the Gaza border. Born in the rural provinces of northeast India, Lhundgim had lived in Sderot… Read more »

Artist Siona Benjamin brings Hindu and Muslim motifs to portrayals of biblical outcasts

Jewish artist Siona Benjamin paints portraits of women in the Bible, using her Jewish and Inidan background as influences. (Siona Benjamin)

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (JTA) — In the space of a single painting, Siona Benjamin juxtaposes feminism, Indian mythology and Jewish imagery. On a three-foot canvas, she’ll paint a portrait of a blue-skinned figure, usually a character from the Bible, with nods to Persian miniatures, Talmudic fables and Vishnu gods. Often… Read more »