Indian-Jewish round-up

Here are various stories about Jews in and from India which Point of No Return readers have brought to my attention:

Brivdaker in the IDF.

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Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Israel Hayom reports:

Ronen Birvdaker, a Jewish Indian from Mumbai,
was so moved by the 2008 terrorist attack in his home city that he
decided to immigrate to Israel last year. On Wednesday, he completed his
training to become a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani
Brigade. 

Birvdaker, 25, said that after the November
2008 attack — which killed 166 people, including a Chabad emissary and
his wife — he felt that as a Jew there was no place for him to live
other than in Israel.

“I was shocked by the assault on Jews, just
because they were Jewish,” he said. “It affected me so much that I felt I
had to do something, although at the time, I wasn’t sure what I could
do. I thought about it for a while and arrived in Israel last year to
serve in the IDF. I was determined to join Golani.”

Birvdaker said he was inspired to join Golani after meeting Israelis in Mumbai.

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Mattancherry Jew dies: The strength of the Jewish community in Mattancherry has been
reduced to eight with the passing away of its leader 88-year-old Johnny
Hallegua.

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Bene Menashe: Israel to resume aliyah of ‘lost tribe’ from India and Burma

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Any information on Matilda and Rachel Cohen? Barun Chattopadhyay wants
to know about Matilda and Rachel Cohen. Matilda is the first Jewish
lady to be awarded an MA from Calcutta University. Rachel was a famous
doctor.
If you can enlighten him please email [email protected].

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