But Jews from India coming to Israel for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah certainly is. Frankly, I had no idea there were any Indian Jews in the first place. And while their numbers are small, around 6,000 in the entire country, their entry into India can be traced back some 2,000 years.
Indian Express “Israel is in my heart, India is in my blood,” says Ezekiel I Malekar, the Rabbi of the Synagogue Judah Hyam Hall who has been the head secretary and caretaker of the synagogue since 1980. Looking back at the long history of association between Jews and Indians, he claims “India is the most tolerant country in the world and one of the only places where Jews did not have to experience anti-semitism.”