Bene Israel

ETHNONYMS: Beni Israel, Shanwar Teli


In India, the Bene Israel tended to live in typical tenement buildings in Bombay, although the upper middle classes lived in private houses. In Israel, many Bene Israel live in apartment blocks (called shikunim ) in "development towns."

See also Cochin Jew


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Roland, Joan (1989). Jews in British India. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press.

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