India's Jewish connections

Bollywood, food and Indian forces, the Jewish communities in India have left a lasting impression.

Pramila (Esther Victoria Abraham)

Pramila (Esther Victoria Abraham) was a Baghdadi Indian Jewish. Esther Abraham was crowned the first Miss India in 1947, and later went on to become one of the earliest Bollywood movie stars under the stage name Pramila. (Others)

Lieutenant General Jack Jacob

Lieutenant General Jack Jacob is today remembered as the Jewish General who created Bangladesh. In the 1971 war when he was Chief of Staff of Eastern Command in Calcutta and he negotiated Pakistan to surrender. Besides, he fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. And, later he served as the Governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab. (DNA)

Lloyd Moses Sassoon

Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Sassoon was a Bene Israel officer pilot of the Indian Air Force. He was held as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Pakistan during Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. (Others)

Bene Israel Jews

The community is currently divided into three chief groups, the ‘Bene Israel’ group settled mainly in Mumbai and Pune, the ‘Baghdadis or Jews from West Asia’ who came as traders and refugees and settled in Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata and the ‘Cochin Jews’. (Pinterest)

Jewish-Indian marriage

Jewish weddings have a touch of Indian weddings too. (Others)

Nahoum & Sons bakery

Nahoum & Sons bakery is one of the last vestige’s of Kolkata’s Jewish heritage. (Facebook)

Jews new year in India

Indian Jews celebrating new year at India Gate in Mumbai. (DNA)

Malida, a Jewish dish

A dish that defines Indian Jewish cooking it would be the Malida! This sweet poha, is a ceremonial offering made on auspicious occasions to honor Prophet Elijah, engagement, a henna ceremony and several other important occasions. (Others)

Sulochana (Ruby Myers)

Ruby Myers better known by her stage name Sulochana, was an Indian silent film star of Jewish ancestry, hailing from the community of Baghdadi Jews in India. She was awarded the 1973 Dada Saheb Phalke award, which is India's highest award in cinema for lifetime achievement. (Others)

Magen David Synagogue (Kolkata)

This synagogue was built in 1884, the Baghdadi community had five independent synagogues in Kolkata before, out of which the Beth El and Magen David operate to this day. (Others)

Ben Kingsley

Sir Ben Kingsley (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji is an English actor. However, his mother was Russian-Jewish which makes him half a Jewish himself.
He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Also, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. (Pinterest)