New Exhibition Depicts Daily Life for India's Jewish Community

Bnei Menashe community claim they are descendants of one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who were sent into exile in India over 27 centuries ago.

A new photography exhibition of Bnei Menashe’s successful absorption in Israel was launched on Wednesday, exhibiting images depicting the unique story of India's Jewish community.

The Bnei Menashe people claim they are descendants of one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who were sent into exile in India over 27 centuries ago.

Bnei Menashe child, India jew
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The exhibition was supported by the Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, and portrays the immigrant community’s lives in Israel and India.

The community, which lives in India's northeastern border states of Manipur and Mizoram have been practicing Judaism just as their ancestors did, including observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, celebrating the festivals and following the laws of family purity.

In recent years, non-profit organization Shavei Israel, founded in order to strengthen ties between Israel and Jews in the Diaspora, assisted in brining over 1,700 people from the Bnei Menashe community to Israel, while another 7,200 still remain in India.