Jewish Heritage of the Deccan: Mumbai, the Northern Konkan and Pune


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Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Jews in the Deccan. 2. The Bene Israel. 3. Baghdadi Jews. 4. European Jews. 5. Architectural Traditions. 6. Mumbai and Suburbs. 7. Colaba and Fort. 8. Mandvi, Byculla and Mazgaon. 9. Worli, Parel and Kurla. 10. Thane. 11. The Northern Konkan. 12. Navgaon, Alibag and Revadanda. 13. Borli, Nandgaon and Murud. 14. From Panvelto Mhasla. 15. Pune. 16. Cantonment. 17. Elsewhere in the City. Appendix: The Sassoons. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Jews living today in the state of Maharashtra in the Deccan region of India number little more than several thousand persons. Yet abundant vestiges are still evident of the once much larger ancient Bene Israel, and the more recent émigré Baghdadi Jews. Monuments and sites of both communities are preserved in Mumbai (Bombay) and Pune (Poona), as well as in the smaller towns in the northern Konkan region. They include synagogues and cemeteries that testify to the enduring faith of Jews in India, as well as hospitals, schools, libraries and research institutions that demonstrate the philanthropy of wealthy Jewish families, such as the Sassoons. Warehouses and textile mills linked with Jewish industrialists contributed to the expansion of Mumbai during the 19th century; statues and other civic monuments in the city commemorate prominent Jewish figures.