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"The Synagogues of India" by Prof. Jay Waronker

Professor Jay A. Waronker, Ph.D_4

The Synagogues of India

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This book has been bulk-ordered by IJAANZ and shipped from the USA. It is available only for pick up in Sydney at a price of $102.00.

A 150-page book dedicated to the more than forty-five standing synagogues in India that serve (or once served) the country’s distinct communities of Jews: the Bene Israel, Cochini, Baghdadi, Bene Ephraim, B’nei Menashe, Reform and Independent groups. 

The book includes a history and description of each of the communities and a written account with photographs and images of every synagogue found throughout India. These are buildings, dating from the mid-16th through the early 21st centuries, which range tremendously in scale, planning and style, and they can be found in urban, suburban and rural settings. There is also a chapter in the book on recent synagogue restorations, a section of “What’s in an Indian Synagogue?,” a list of the synagogues and their addresses, and a comprehensive bibliography.

About Prof. Jay Waronker

Jay A. Waronker is Professor at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He was educated in architecture and architectural history at the University of Michigan, Harvard and Cornell Universities. He has pursued research in the history of diasporic synagogues for decades. 

Professor Waronker is the recipient of many awards, scholarships and grants including from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and two Fulbright scholarships – the second to travel to India and complete detailed watercolour renderings in the centuries-old tradition of hand-drawings. Professor Waronker founded and served as the curator for India’s first Jewish museum, and was  advisor to the Government of Kerala.

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"Finding Home" by Angelica Jacob

Finding Home

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Angelica is donating sale proceeds from the sale of her book to IJAANZ. 

Price: $10.00 + $5.00 for delivery within Australia.

“Angelica Jacob’s beautifully written memoir, Finding Home, begins in 1970’s Bombay and continues to 1980’s Australia. 

It is the story of a young woman’s journey to a new land, but it is also the story of an Indian Jewish community. Angelica is a member of the Bene Israel, Jews who have lived in India for 1,800 years. Since the creation of the state of Israel, the community has gotten increasingly smaller in India.

This memoir weaves together what is uniquely Indian and universally Jewish, 

providing a fascinating account of a young woman’s journey….A good historian can recount the changing of the guard, but only a poet or skilled writer can write words that leap off the page and grab one’s emotions. This book does just that.”

From the foreword by Joseph Hodes, Ph.D., Author, “From India to Israel”