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Exploring Jewish India by Rabbi Judy Caplan Ginsburgh In April 2014, I was privileged to serve as rabbi on a cruise ship that sailed from Dubai to Singapore, with stops in Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore, India; and Sri Lanka. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I was so exhilarated by the few days I spent in Mumbai that when I returned home, I immediately started thinking of ways I could get back to see more of India. I found a trip that was billed as a Jewish Cultural Trip of India, so I signed up. Not only would I get to learn about the Jewish side of India, but I would get to return to a place that I found incredibly spiritual and exciting. I talked my sisterin-law, Alice, who is from Chicago, into going with me. On February 5, we flew to Mumbai to begin a 16-day tour of India. The flight was very long, 22 hours, and included a transfer in Istanbul, Turkey. We arrived in Mumbai at 5 a.m. and were met by a driver who took us to the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel. This was a five-star trip, and every day was jam-packed with things to see, do and experience. During the course of the trip, we visited seven different cities; four UNESCO World Heritage sites — Elephanta Island, the Astrological Observatory in Jaipur, the Kutab Minaret and the Taj Mahal — and 12 synagogues. We rode on 12 different modes of transportation, including an elephant in Jaipur and a rickshaw through traffic in Delhi. A nationally-known recording artist, Rabbi Judy Caplan-Ginsburgh lives in Alexandria and serves B’nai Israel in Monroe part-time. She is available for presentations about her India trip. For information, contact judy@rabbijudymusic.com

Ernakulam Synagogue, owned by Babu, a Jewish native who purchased the synagogue and the surrounding property. He runs a tropical plant and fish business, which one must walk through in order to get to the synagogue. There are not enough Jews left in this congregation to hold services, but he maintains it.

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SJL New Orleans, July 2018  

July 2018 New Orleans edition of Southern Jewish Life, the official Jewish news magazine of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community.

SJL New Orleans, July 2018  

July 2018 New Orleans edition of Southern Jewish Life, the official Jewish news magazine of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community.

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