The Jewish Communities of India Weekend

February 2-4, 2018

The History of Indian Jewry

Friday Night Services & Dinner, February 2 @ KBR
Candle lighting, 5:15
Kabbalat Shabbat, 5:20 led by Hakham Ya’aqob Menashe
Community Shabbat Dinner, 6pm, featuring traditional foods of Jewish Mumbai
Dessert Discussion with Hakham Ya’aqob Menashe about the history of the Jews of India
$25/1 adults or $36/2 adults (kids and students are free) – RSVP Now!

The menu will feature traditional foods of the Baghdadi-Indian community, the Cochin community, and the Calcutta community, including: Ingriyi (beef with eggplant and tamarind), Chattarnee (sweet-sour chicken), Brinjil Albaras (layered vegetable dish), Pumpkin Kofta Curry, Pilau, and assorted chutneys, salads, and relishes.


The 10 Commandments

with Hakham Ya’aqob Menashe

Shabbat Morning, February 3 @ KBR

Morning Services, 9am
Shabbat Lunch (Baghdadi Menu) & Discussion following Morning Services
Free – RSVP Now!


Jewish Life Cycle Events in the Mumbai Baghdadi Jewish Community

With Hakham Ya’aqob Menashe
Sunday, February 4, Museum of International Folk Art, 1:30p

Admission to the Museum is FREE to New Mexico residents (and for any non-residents who are current members of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation), as it is on every first Sunday of the month.


Thank you to our event cosponsors:
JCCNNM, Congregation Beit Tikvah
& the Museum of International Folk Art.


About Hakham (Rabbi) Ya’aqob Menashe

Rabbi Menashe is one of the founders and currently heads Midrash Ben Ish Hai in New York, so named after one of the works of the famed rabbi, Hakham Yosef Hayim of Baghdad. Rabbi Menashe is a renowned scholar and lecturer, and has authored several books on halakha, including the highly acclaimed A Torah Minute™ series.

Rabbi Yaaqob Menashe, along with the late Rabbanith Ruth Menashe O.B.M., has built Midrash Ben Ish Hai into a multifaceted organization. From classes to outreach, lectures to singles events, his warm and engaging manner attracts people of all backgrounds. Thousands worldwide receive A Torah Minute™ every day, as well as videos on the Parasha and many other topics. These can be seen at:, and

Rabbi Menashe’s family is of Babylonian descent. His grandparents were born in Baghdad, and he was born in the Babylonian Jewish community of Bombay, India. His father, H”R Albert Menashe, O.B.M., was the spiritual head of the entire community in Bombay as well as life President of the Sassoon Trusts.

Rabbi Menashe himself is still active in the Bombay (now Mumbai) community and is an authority on the subject. In addition to his responsibilities in the US, he is also the Rabbi of the Sassoon Synagogues in India and a trustee of the Sassoon Trusts.