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  • Hezbollah denies role in attacks in India, Georgia

    February 16, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah denied Israeli accusations on Thursday that his group was behind bombers who attacked Israeli missions in India and Georgia this week.

    “I assure you that Hezbollah has nothing to do with this,” he told supporters. Israel accused Iran and...

  • Indian court stays deportation of Israeli couple

    February 14, 2012 | 10:58 am

    An Indian court has stayed the deportation of an Israeli couple in the city of Kochi.

    The couple had claimed to be Chabad emissaries, but they are not official emissaries according to Chabad.org.

    The Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued a stay of the deportation of Shneor Zalman and...

  • Israel blames Iran after attacks on Embassy staff

    February 13, 2012 | 8:39 am

    Israel accused arch-enemies Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks that targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, wounding four people.

    Tehran denied involvement in the attacks, which amplified tensions between two countries...

  • Indian official: We won’t cut back on Iranian oil

    January 30, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    India will not reduce the amount of oil Iranian oil it purchases, the country’s finance minister said.

    “It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the imports from Iran drastically because among the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging...

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  • Change soap opera’s Hitler name, ADL asks Indian network

    November 22, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League has called on an Indian television network to change the name of a new soap opera with Hitler in the title.

    “Hitler Didi” airs five days a week on Zee TV, a division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, based in Mumbai. After receiving numerous...

  • How many Jews on Earth?

    November 7, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Could the 7 billionth person on the planet be Jewish?

    According to the United Nations Population Fund, the Earth welcomed its 7 billionth resident on Oct. 31. Statistically, the newborn was most likely a boy in India or China. The symbolic title was given to Danica May Camacho, born...

  • Rosh Hashana in India:  Torah, sequined saris, chapati and perhaps a secret recipe for peace

    October 13, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I have prayed in synagogues in many foreign countries around the world including Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Belgium, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, and Russia, but this was my first time chanting the “Shema” with a group of Jewish women all wearing saris. ...

  • Bnei Menashe in India get Sukkot’s four species

    October 12, 2011 | 11:49 am

    The Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India will celebrate Sukkot this year with lulavs and etrogs sent from Israel.

    The Shavei Israel organization, which works to strengthen ties between the State of Israel and the descendants of Jews around the world, sent hundreds of sets of...

  • From the Streets of Delhi

    August 31, 2011 | 11:10 am

    “Have you ever been to the Jama Masjid?” The little girl looks up at me with bright, intelligent eyes, the yellow of jaundice and malnutrition already receding from around her irises, a brightly colored scarf hiding the long, curved scar rising up from just behind her ear. She is...

  • Indian official: Chabad house targeted

    March 23, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Chabad House was the target of last month’s bomb attack on a bakery in India, a government official said.

    The Indian state of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told the Indian Legislative Assembly Monday that the target of the attackers was the Pune Chabad House, located...

  • For India’s Jews, sense of security is shattered

    December 5, 2008 | 6:32 pm

    MUMBAI, India (JTA) - The Colaba neighborhood that surrounds the modern apartment block where terrorists last week murdered a Chabad-Lubavitch couple and four other Jews has begun to return to normal.

    The maze of dusty alleyways that surround the now infamous building, Nariman House,...

  • Local donors kick in $125K to send Jewish Indian cricketeers to Maccabiah

    December 4, 2008 | 7:46 pm

    In response to the terrorist attack on Mumbai and its Chabad Center, three Los Angeles businesmen have put up $125,000 to enable a Jewish cricket team from India to participate in the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

    "This is our answer to the murderous rampage aginst Indian and...

  • Pakistan Reaction: Something dark is growing in our own backyard

    December 4, 2008 | 12:38 am



    This is the first of two parts on Pakistan and terror. Next week: Anti-Semitism and Pakistan.

    "Abhi India me pat'ta bhi nahi hil sakega."

    "Now even a leaf will need permission to stir in India," remarked R, a young Indian woman at an expat dinner off London's Baker Street on the...

  • Mahatma’s tears

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 3, 2008 | 10:40 pm

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  • Grim news from Mumbai hits home

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 30, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    complete coverage on mumbai chabad attackNEW YORK (JTA)—Until confirmation finally came that the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai were among the more than 170 victims killed in this week’s terrorist attacks in India, Chabad Chasidim and emissaries the world over prayed for the best while fearing for the worst.

    By the morning of...

  • Some Mumbai hostages freed; Chabad house still under siege *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 27, 2008 | 2:42 pm

    A standoff continues in India between commandos and terrorists. Yesterday’s attacks have left more than 100 dead, though it’s not clear who organized the coordinated attacks. Regardless, Muslims have condemned the terrorists as “animals.”

    The attacks hit a nerve with Jews worldwide...

  • Report: Five Jewish families taken hostage by Mumbai terrorists

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2008 | 10:40 pm

    The Mumbai terror attacks have spread to the Jewish community. Chabad has been expressing concern for its local rabbi and his wife, who have been unreachable following the attacks. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, live at the Chabad House, which was known as the Nariman...

  • Muslims condemn Mumbai terror attack

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2008 | 9:28 pm

    I imagine you’ve heard by now that terrorist attacks in Mumbai have left at least 80 people dead. If not, The New York Times has a photo gallery and there is a short video from Reuters below.

    Fingers are pointed at Muslim extremists, who are tragically locked in war with India’s...

  • Being paid to kill Christians

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 21, 2008 | 3:36 pm

    I’ve been criticized before for being so ignorant of the conflict in India, of not realizing that the Hindus murdering Christians are, in fact, themselves the victims. Sure, on the whole Hindus have been an afflicted people. But Hindu extremists? They’re bringing the heat on...

  • Steven Spielberg dreams anew

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 1, 2008 | 10:49 pm

    Over the last two weeks, lost amid Wall Street's financial turmoil, came the announcement that Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks was leaving Paramount, having found financing from The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group ("Reliance"), one of India's largest private companies.

    What does...
  • Last Jews of Calcutta have one last guardian

    By The Web Guy

    September 21, 2008 | 1:42 am

    Regular readers know I am a sucker for “Jews among the the nations” stories.

    We’ve covered the last Jews of Shanghai, Chinese Jews who reconnected in Israel, the return of India’s B’Nai Menashe (one of the lost Ten Tribes) to Israel, the Ethiopian Jews, Iraqi Jews and more.

    Tonight...

  • Nearly 150 die in Hindu temple stampede

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 3, 2008 | 10:53 pm

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    Nearly 150 pilgrims, many women and children who had traveled to worship a Hindu goddess, were trampled to death Sunday during a stampede.

    A long line of pilgrims had formed along a stepped path leading up to the temple in the morning when heavy rains began. Many then tried to take...

  • Islamic terrorism’s tipping point in India

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 29, 2008 | 7:27 pm

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    Victims of a recent bombing

    It’s become increasingly apparent that India is not free from the terror of Islamic extremism. Even in the United States and Britain, an appalling proportion of college-age Muslims support, in some cases, violence for Islam’s sake (about 26 percent in the...

  • AUDIO: The Jews of Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, India, China and Iran

    By The Web Guy

    July 12, 2008 | 6:20 am

    Dr. Zvi Feine, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Director for Africa and Asia and Deputy Director of JDC-Israel, speaking at Shabbat eve services at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas. In the October 26, 2007 presentation, he...

  • With business booming in India, young Jews are staying put

    By Ben Frank

    June 2, 2008 | 11:38 am

    MUMBAI, India (JTA)—About 500 well-wishers gathered recently around Isaac Divekar and Siyona Garsulkar at their outdoor catered wedding reception at the Elie Kadoorie School here.

    Divekar, an accountant for a large investment firm, and Garsulkar, a human resources professional, had...

  • VIDEO: Bnai Menashe— one of the Ten Lost Tribes—come home to Israel

    January 17, 2008 | 10:13 pm

    They wandered for 2700 years, but now 200 Indian Jews, Bnai Menashe—remnants of one of the Lost Tribes—have come home to Israel.

  • Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in India? No Problem

    By Robin Esrock

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Young Israelis are among the world's most prolific travelers, gravitating to hot spots like Bolivia, Thailand and India, where the shekel stretches far. Having experienced Pesach in Argentina, surrounded by more than 400 mostly Israeli backpackers, I was curious to see where I might...

  • Lawsuit Filed in Granada Hills Jewish Community Center Shooting

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lawsuit Filed in Granada Hills Jewish Community Center Shooting

    Families of the victims of the 1999 North Valley Jewish Community Center (JCC) shooting in Granada Hills are suing the state of Washington for allegedly failing to supervise the man who committed the crime. The $15...

  • Tommywood - Comedy Matters

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "After 9/11, all I did was sit around and be scared," Albert Brooks told me recently. "After a year and a half," Brooks now says, "I just got tired of it."

    He wondered, "Why isn't this being processed? Do we never mention it?" Looking at what Hollywood was releasing to the public,...

  • This Time They’re Ready for the Wave

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    Some 50 South Indian villagers are spread out along the sandy beach. Women clad in brightly colored saris converse in groups, while...

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