Recalling Jewish Calcutta

Recalling Jewish Calcutta


Apr 29 2021
, 8PM- 9PM

Speaker: Jael Silliman

Recalling Jewish Calcutta April 29th at 8pm. Historic photo of Magen David Synagogue in India.

Join Jael Silliman for a multimedia presentation on the historic Jewish communities of India. Silliman will draw upon her extensive research as well as her personal family’s history to share stories of Jewish life in Calcutta.

Explore the community’s cultural traditions including music, rituals, and film, take a peek inside the Magen David Synagogue, and learn about efforts to preserve the heritage of this fading community.

Closed captioning will be offered with this program.

About Our Speaker:

Jael Silliman is an author, scholar, and women’s right activist. Born and raised in Calcutta in a Jewish Baghdadi family, she has helped preserve this history through her novels, academic articles and books, and through public presentations.  She has curated the digital archive titled “Recalling Jewish Calcutta” (

Silliman received her doctorate in international education from Columbia University and has master’s degrees in history and education from the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University. She was previously a tenured associate professor at the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Iowa.

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