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Hindu Jewish Forum of USA formed: aims at strengthening ties globally

Source: News Bharati      Date: 8/1/2012 12:41:11 PM

$img_titleNew York, August 1: A number of intellectuals from the Jewish and Hindu communities have come together to form The Hindu Jewish Forum of USA with the objective of further strengthening the ties between the two communities.

The ties date back 2,000 years ago, when Jews fled the Holy Land and settled on the coast of Naugaon, in Maharashtra, India, where the local Hindu population treated them well. There are barely 5,000 Jews left in India, mostly in Mumbai and Thane, whereas about 70,000 are settled in Israel.

The committee consists of Dr. Richard Benkin as President; Chairman will be Dr. Babu Suseelan. Prof. Nathan Katz and Dr. Anilkumar Bhate wll be the Vice Presidents. Dr. Yashwant Pathak and John Perry will act as Secretary for the newly born organisation.

Dr. Benkin is a leader in the fight to stop ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh and was honored by the U.S. Congress for his work. He is active on several front and is a sought after speaker and writer. His books include "A Quiet Case of Ethnic Cleansing: The Murder of Bangladeshi Hindus." Dr. Suseelan is a well known Indian community leader and a professor of Clinical Psychology at Maywood University and Director of Addiction Research Institute, PA. He is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Islam Watch, Organizer, Hindu Voice etc.

Prof. Katz is a professor of Jain Studies and Religious Studies at Florida International University in Miami, FL, where he is also the Director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality. He is a leading authority on Indian Jewish communities and involved with Jewish/Hindu/Buddhist/Jain studies for over 3 decades.

Dr. Anilkumar Bhate, a former faculty member of IIT, Mumbai, was a Professor in an American university and is involved in the study and research of Vedas, Old Testament and other Hindu scriptures.

Dr. Yashvant Pathak is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida. He has also studied at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

John Perry is a veteran Indo-Jewish journalist and known well among both the communities. He was an editor and publisher of a group of newspapers and produced television shows. He earlier reported from India and Israel for decades. He has covered the Gulf War, United Nations.

A similar organization does exist in England whereas in Mumbai, they are in the process of registration.

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