Pakistani Jews in Israel

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Pakistani Jews in Israel
Total population
1,000 - 2,000
Regions with significant populations
Hebrew (Main language for all generations);
Older generation: Urdu, Marathi

Pakistani Jews in Israel are immigrants and descendants of the immigrants of the Pakistani Jewish communities, who now reside within the state of Israel. They number between 1,000 and 2,000. The majority of these refugee Jews are those who migrated from Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan to India and then many to Israel as part of the Jewish exodus from Arab and Muslim countries, and formed a small community in the city of Ramla. The Jews in Pakistan were mainly Marathi-speaking Bene Israel.


Records cite that major Pakistani Jewish migration to Israel occurred in the 1960s and 1970s from India, where many Jewish refugees from Pakistan eventually settled during the independence period. Magain Shalome, built by Solomon David Umerdekar and his son Gershone Solomon, Karachi’s last synagogue, was demolished in 1988 to make way for a shopping plaza. Most of the Karachi Jews now live in Ramla, Israel, Toronto, Canada, Mumbai, India and in several states in the U.S.A. and built a synagogue they named Magen Shalome.[1]

Jewish immigrants from Pakistan have served with distinction in the Israel Defense Forces, helped revive the game of cricket in Israel and have added a fair amount of colour to Israeli society.[2]

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External links[edit]

  • In search of the Jews of Karachi
  • "Jews, by Country of Origin and Age". Statistical Abstract of Israel (in English and Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  • Rashid, Ibrahim (5 June 2018). "I met a Pakistani-Jew in Israel. This is what he taught me". Daily Times. Retrieved 27 May 2019.