Maharashtra gesture to strengthen, solidify India-Israel ties

Updated: Feb 01, 2018, 11:40 IST | A Correspondent

The first incoming Rotary Friendship Exchange delegation from Israel to Maharashtra is all set to arrive in Mumbai today

The first incoming Rotary Friendship Exchange delegation from Israel to Maharashtra is all set to arrive in Mumbai today. The 14 Israelis representing it are Isakov Zina, Gonen Shimon, Gonen Rachel, Meir Zipora, Meir Sasson, Levy Ester, Levy Yossi, Elimelech Ely, Elimelech Shosh, Raviv Hedva, Raviv Amikam, Rotshtein Ronan, Hilu Khalil and Hilu Amal. They will be received by State Minister For Tourism Jayakumar Rawal and Rotary Friendship Exchange Team members, including Ralphy Jhirad, facilitator-RFE Israel-India, at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club.

Foundation of friendship
This comes ahead of the setting up of a Jewish heritage museum in Mumbai, the primary aim of which is to 'record and document the heritage and future of the Jewish community in Maharashtra'. According to Jhirad, the Maharashtra government had decided to grant the foundation a piece of land for setting up the Ben Israel Memorial and Convention Center in Awas village, off the coast of Mumbai.

"A few years ago, the Talkar family used to have this very beautiful house in Awas, which is in Raigad district. I have met one of the family's descendants, Nissim Moses, and we are together setting up this museum and renovating the property the family used to own. All of this will be happening under the leadership and guidance of the CM of Maharashtra," Jhirad added.

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