Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland

By: Maina Chawla Singh

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The story of the Jews of India, has often been told by historians, Anthropologists and sometimes by Indian Jews themselves recounting their Family histories in India, the land of their Birth over many generations. We know that Indian Jewish Communities : The Bene Israelis in Bombay, Poona, Ahmedabad and Jabalpur, the Baghdadis in Calcutta and Bombay and the Kerala Jews in Cochin, Parur or Chendamangalam lived peacefully in pluralistic neighbourhoods experiencing no Anti-Semitism. However, when Israel was established, thousands of Indian Jews were inspired and like their cousins from other Parts of the globe, migrated to the Jewish Homeland. Yet, today 60 years since the first Jewish Families made `aliya` and migrated to Israel (1949), Little is known about this community of 70,000 Indian Jews scattered across Israel. This book, for the first time, presents a deeply researched analysis of all three Jewish communities from India, studying them holistically as `Indian-Israelis` with shared histories of migration, acculturation and identity in the Jewish Homeland. Based on extensive fieldwork and Ethnographic Research conducted among Indian Jews across Israel between 2005-8, the book reflects the author`s deep engagement and familiarity with Israeli Society and the complexities of Ethnicity and class that underlie the cleavages within Israeli Jewish society. The volume vividly captures the immigrant experience of first-generation Indian Jewish Men and women. The Tapestry of these narratives and lived Experiences is skillfully woven into theoretical insights illustrating how ethnicity, Gender and class intersect with `Jewish-ness` to create Complex identities of `Being Indian` and `Being Israeli`. The author`s deep engagement with the Indian-Israeli community and her accessible Style enrich this book for readers across the wide range of interests. Contents: 1. Migration, Diaspora, and Indian Jews in Israel 2. Where are the Indian Jews Today? Immigration and the Israeli Setting 3. Emigration from India : `When we came to the Land of Milk and Honey.` 4. Accountants as Watchmen and Clerks Digging Roads. Printed Pages: 258

Title: Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland

Author Name: Maina Chawla Singh

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173048398

ISBN 13: 9788173048395

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200835

Keywords: Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland Maina Chawla Singh