India

Remembering Mother Teresa

09/13/2016 - 13:29
Special To The Jewish Week

The canonization of Mother Teresa last week brings back memories of an encounter with her some years ago in her Children's Shelter in Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta) India.

Kolkata's kaleidoscope of teeming streets, sprawling markets and chaotic taxis has always mesmerized me.

This file photo taken 12 December 1979 shows Mother Teresa in Oslo with the Nobel Peace Prize she received. Getty Images

Eastern Exposure

12/22/2015 - 12:15
Travel Writer

If you thought of Chanukah as a holiday that unites Jews everywhere, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer has a message: Think again.

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer at concert hall in Birobidjan, Siberia. Photos courtesy of Lotus Tours

Tim Boxer At The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

11/11/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 “Zet sich avec!” Bombay native Zubin Mehta pleaded in Yiddish with the 500 black-tie guests to sit down when they honored him with a standing ovation at a post-concert dinner last month at the Plaza Hotel.

Born 76 years ago in Bombay (now Mumbai), the maestro has picked up quite a few Yiddish and Hebrew expressions since becoming music conductor for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981.

Zubin Mehta led the Israeli Philharmonic last month at Carnegie Hall. For New Year's, they'll perform in China.

A New Torah For The New Year

09/18/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

On the eve of Tishrei and the Jewish New Year, the small Jewish community of Ahmedabad, in western India, received a new Torah scroll with great fanfare last week.

The sefer Torah, housed in a Sephardic-style wooden casing, came to Magen Abraham Synagogue in a ceremony that included singing and dancing, blessings and a shofar blowing.

The scroll was a gift from supporters in India and Israel.

Magen Abraham, built in 1934, is the only synagogue in the city, whose Jewish population is about 130.

Photo By Getty Images

New Delhi Police Arrest Bombing Suspect

03/06/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Police in New Delhi arrested a suspect in connection with a car bomb attack in the Indian city that injured the wife of an Israeli diplomat.

An Indian journalist, Syed Mohammed Kazmi, was arrested Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. A police investigation showed that he had been in contact with the man who police believe stuck a bomb on the car while riding by on a motorcycle and remains at large.

Police said Kazmi claims to work for an Iranian news agency and reportedly searched his house over two days, but they have not said what evidence was found.

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