Indian state grants minority status to its Jewish community

Home to about 170 Jews, Gujarat third state in India to recognize Jews as minority community.

JTA and Mordechai Sones,

Judah Hyam Synagogue, New Delhi, India
Judah Hyam Synagogue, New Delhi, India
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The Indian State of Gujarat granted minority status to its Jewish community.

The decision on Friday makes Gujarat the third state in India to recognize Jews as a minority community.

The recognition means that Jews there “shall get benefits of welfare schemes formulated for religious minority communities within the jurisdiction of Gujarat,” its government said in a statement, according to the Times of India.

Gujarat is home to about 170 Jews, mostly centered in the western city of Ahmedabad. The city also is home to the only synagogue in the state, the Magen Abraham Synagogue, built in 1934.

Gujarat hosted Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his visit to India in January.

Maharashtra and West Bengal are the other states that have granted minority status to their Jewish communities.

Adalaj or Rudabai Stepwell in Adalaj village near Ahmedabad. Gujarat India
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Rani ki vav, an intricately constructed stepwell in Patan - Gujarat, India
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