Israel is sharing its legendary agricultural technology with India! The country that invented and mastered the art and science of growing flowers in the desert is sending its agricultural experts to train local Indian farmers. Mashav, Israel's agency for international development, is working together with the Indian government as part of a shared vision for food security and sustainability.
My spirited and pioneering aunt, Ruby Mordecai, made aliyah from Calcutta in 1945 with her new husband Eli, her brother and sister-in-law, Meyer and Rachel, and a small group of friends. She has just written a riveting memoir, Remembering Who I Am, that captures the essence of Israel's early years, including the very first Yom Ha-Atzmaut, 1948, and the tug of faraway family. http://www.rememberingwhoiam.com.au/
The Baghdadi Jewish community thrived in India for almost two centuries. Now, most Iraqi Jews are transplanted in Israel.
Sculptor Oded Halahmy splits his time between New York and Israel, but Baghdad is always foremost in his heart and imagination. Read the story I wrote for Naamat Woman magazine. The New York Times also reported on what Iraqi Jews in Israel are doing to preserve this rich heritage.
Read this unknown and amazing story about how a Maharaja from Gujarat housed 1,000 Polish refugees during World War II.