Where Jews of India Live.
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India’s Jewish Communities
The history of the Jews in India dates back to antiquity. Judaism was one of the first foreign religions to arrive in India in recorded history.
Indian Jews are a small religious minority who have lived in India since ancient times. They have experienced very sparse instances of anti-Semitism from the local non-Jewish majority.
The better-established ancient Jewish communities have assimilated many of the local traditions through cultural diffusion. While some Indian Jews have stated that their ancestors arrived during the time of the Biblical Kingdom of Judah, others claim descent from the Ten Lost Tribes of the pre-Judaic Israelites who arrived in India earlier. Still some other Indian Jews contend that they descend from the Israelite Tribe of Manasseh and they are referred to as the Bnei Menashe.
The Jewish population in British India peaked at around 20,000 in the mid-1940s according to some estimates, with others putting the number as high as 50,000, but the community declined rapidly due to emigration to the newly formed Israel, after the Partition of Palestine at the end of British Mandate in 1948. The Indian Jewish community is now estimated to count no more than 5,000 people.