Bnai Brith Enhances its Relationship with India
By Susan Silverman
Washington, D.C. (December 22, 2003) Yesterday,
during the second annual Jewish-Indian Chanukah Celebration,
Bnai Brith International reemphasized the importance of
cultural understanding and good trilateral relations among India, the
United States, and Israel, and a strengthening of the link between
Jews and Indians.
Ambassador of India to the United States Lalit Mansingh graciously welcomed 200 members of the Jewish and Indian communities into his home for the Chanukah celebration and dinner, cosponsored by Bnai Brith, the Embassy of India, Jack Hahn, and the American Jewish Committee. Mansingh, who has served as ambassador since March 2001, recounted numerous Indian Jews to Indian society in the 3,000-year relationship between Jews and Indians.
Bnai Brith Klutznick National Museum Director Diana Altman, in announcing that 2004 is Bnai Briths Year of India, called the growing friendship between Israel and India, so natural. Altman also unveiled the museums upcoming photography exhibition, Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India. The exhibition, which depicts the extraordinary harmony that has existed for centuries in Cochin among Jews, Hindus, Moslems, and Christians, opens February 9 at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
The museum is also planned a study tour of Jewish India led by Dr. Kenneth Robbins in early 2005.