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India to start Jewish heritage tours for Indian-origin Jews


  • With India renovating Jewish heritage sites in the country, India’s envoy to Israel has appealed to young Jews of Indian origin to utilise the ease of travelling to the land of their forefathers and to contribute in strengthening bilateral ties by connecting to their roots.
  • Earlier this year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during his visit to Israel had said that his government would take initiatives to preserve the Jewish heritage sites in the state as it looks to promote tourism.
  • The Paravoor and Chennamangalam synagogues in Kochi, Kerala were recently renovated and could be major attractions for the 25,000-strong Cochini Jews living in Israel.
  • Encouraging the members of the community to pass on their rich tradition to generations to come, there are various schemes launched by the Indian government like e-visa, and Know India Programme for children of Indian origin.
  • There are about 85,000 Jews of Indian origin living in Israel from four different communities – Bene Israel from the Maharashtra region, Cochini Jews from Kerala, Baghdadis from the Kolkata area and Bnei Menashe from Manipur and Mizoram.


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