The coastal villages south of Mumbai were the first home of the Bene Israel Jewish community which has been in India for 2000 years. Here they built synagogues, ran oil-pressing businesses, and lived in peaceful coexistence with their non-Jewish neighbours.
Unlike their brethren in other parts of the world, the Bene Israel Jews faced almost no religious hatred. Indeed, they hardly understood the concept of anti-Semitism.
This is very much in keeping with Indian culture. Many diverse religious, ethnic and linguistic communities coexist peacefully in an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance. Indian Jewry is fortunate and proud to have found such a wonderful host country with a glorious tradition of diversity, acceptance and peace.