The Bene-Israel community in Ahmedabad, Gujarat numbers some 200 individuals in four communities (about 61 families) and one synagogue.
India Express describes the connection of Bene-Israel Jewish youth to Israel as many families have made aliyah in the past decade.
The close-knit community includes Liora Rubina, 25, who says “I am afraid to lose my Jewish identity here as the population of the community is steadily dwindling.” She plans to make aliya soon.
However, community leaders say a sense of cultural alienation exists among Indians in Israel, even though more youth plan to make the move. Older immigrants have trouble finding jobs and everyone misses the community, food and culture in Ahmedabad.
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