Monday, October 28, 2013

From India to Israel--a big change

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 For several days the blog has been showing Moshav Nevatim in the Negev desert.
Here is their Cochin Jewish Heritage Center.


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 The walls of the lecture and video room are covered with wonderful old photographs of the Cochin communities.
Here above are the young men of  Kehilat Ernakulam  over half a century ago.


The left photo is from 1952.
About then the Jews starting leaving India in order to immigrate to Israel.
Our guide at the museum emphasized that the different religious groups in India lived together  in sovlanut and savlanut, with tolerance and patience, and there was no anti-semitism.


And here the men are already at Nevatim, a moshav (a collective agricultural settlement) in the desert, working hard picking  apricots in the  1970s.
The Cochin Jews were also settled on four other moshavim when they made aliyah in the mid 1950s.
Nevatim had previously been abandoned and the group found primitive and difficult conditions on their arrival in 1954, and they were not used to working in agriculture.
But they were dedicated to the homeland of Israel and they took up the task of working hard to make their little patch of desert bloom.
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(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)
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UPDATE Nov. 12:  A new article appeared today, very interesting:
 http://www.timesofisrael.com/a-jewish-war-hero-and-the-last-vestige-of-a-dying-indian-community/
Lt. Gen. Jacob, an old hero living in New Delhi, says "India has always been very good to us. I am very proud to be a Jew, but am Indian through and through. I was born in India and served here my whole life; this is where I want die.”
“The only place I encountered anti-Semitism was from the British in their army,” he says. “Among Indians it does not exist.”
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9 comments:

VP said...

Maybe there was no anti-semitism, but about religious tolerance in India history and news stories say something really different.

Dina said...

VP, maybe the guide was talking specifically about the state of Kerala? She was talking about back then, in the centuries pre-1950s, when the Jews apparently had rights and some respect.

Joyful said...

I missed your earlier posts about this group from India. It sounds like interesting history. If I have time I may go back and read more. Enjoy your week.

eileeninmd said...

Interesting post, it is also nice to read about them working hard to make their patch bloom!

Hels said...

I had never heard of the Cochin Jewish Heritage Centre until you mentioned it a while back, probably because I spend all my time in Israel between Tel Aviv, Petach Tikva and Jerusalem. But I loved touring India and am starting to write blog posts about India more frequently. So I better get myself to your part of Israel next trip - many thanks.

Cloudia said...

Interesing tand inspiring





ALOHA from Honolulu
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William Kendall said...

The faces stare back at us through the decades... that's what I'm thinking looking at those pics.

Thanks for sharing, Dina!

Kay said...

I've been missing a lot on all the blogs lately, but I hope to catch up when my life is back to normal. It's amazing how all these different cultures came to Israel to live together.

Indrani said...

These are great captures from your trip. I am reminded of my visit there in the analog days. I have no good pics, I never knew I would start a blog then.
You have documented your trip here very well.