01 April 2008

Israel: Bene Israel database, April 9

JFRA Israel's Ra'anana branch will host Nissim Moses in a program about the little-known Bene Israel genealogy database at 7pm Wednesday, April 9.

Nissim has lived in New Delhi for decades and has recently returned to live in Israel. He has compiled a family tree of the seven branches descending from the original 14 individuals of his Bene Israel community. Currently, it includes some 11,600 names of individuals who live in India, Israel, the US and around the world.

Whenever he meets someone from his community - no matter where they live in the world - he can provide them with nearly their complete family history.

In addition to speaking about Bene Israel history (one of three Jewish communities in India), he will also discuss similarities between the Hindu and Jewish religions.

The meeting will take place at Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner St, Ra'anana. Doors open at 7pm, the program starts at 7.30pm. Admission: members, NIS 5; others NIS 20.

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