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Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland Hardcover – January 11, 2010

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Maina Chawla Singh teaches at the University of Delhi. Her previous research has focused on gender and cross-cultural missionary work in colonial India. In 2008-9, Singh was Hadassah-Brandeis Scholar and Schusterman Fellow, Brandeis University. Currently she is affiliated with American University, Washington, D.C.
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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Manohar Publishers (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8173048398
  • ISBN-13: 978-8173048395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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As an Indian Jew myself who emigrated to Israel in 1970 I as was surprised as to how accurately Dr. Singh has encapsulated the experience of the Indian Jewry in Israel. Dr. Singh has spared no pains in getting the Indian Jewry in Israel to speak openly about their experiences in India and in Israel, and in order to do so I am sure Dr. Singh had to work very hard at gaining the acceptance of the Indian Jewish community in Israel first prior to being able to do her research for the book. The book details the trials and tribulations that Indian Jews faced as part of their assimilation process in Israel. I applaud Dr. Singh's efforts and the accuracy of the experiences as she has denoted them in her book. It is already on my repertoire of books and I recommend it to all my friends everywhere who are either doing research on the subject, or anyone that wishes to enlighten themselves on the subject. I hope the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Diaspora Museum in Tel-Aviv and all Jewish museums worldwide carry this book.
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Dr. Singh's book is riveting in it's exposure of a little known community. The history of the arrival of the Jews in India, their different communities, where they settled and how well they were integrated makes fascinating reading. The varied reasons for their migration to Israel, their homeland, are well enumerated. Dr. Singh's research brings to light the cultural differences that made assimilation a different experience for each generation of the families, even though bound by a common religion. Detailed case histories show how Indian Jews integrated over time into their homeland, yet retained distinct aspects of being Indian. Individual profiles lead to a deeper understanding of the challenges faced, and how they were surmounted. The notes at the end of each chapter are a helpful reference. This book should be read by everyone interested in gender difference, minority studies, and the effects of migration.
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Dr. Maina Singh's book is beautifully written! She has taken a subject that most are unaware of and has brought to light the challenges facing Indian Jews trying to assimilate in Israel. Each page holds your attention and engages your every thought. You sense their problems, yet not with anger, but with strength and commitment to being both Israeli with strong familial ties to India. Dr. Singh's book should be required reading for every University and College Jewish Studies program, Jewish reading groups, discussion topics in synagogues, and also for just those of us filled with curiosity and a desire to learn more about our Jewish homeland.
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Being Indian and Being Israeli is a detailed study of the immigration and absorption to Israel. The Absorption experinces are quite common to persons immigrating to Israel. Immigration to a new country is always traumatic. The change is very difficult. Dr. Chawla has interviewed and studied the process in detail. The book is more of a Scolological text book. I congratulate the author for the effort.
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