My parents emigrated from Mumbai, India and settled in Toronto, Canada in 1965. We’re Bene Israel Jews. Our story is very old going back almost 2000 years when it’s said the original jews were shipwrecked along the west coast of India just south of Mumbai. Growing up in Toronto among non-Jews had it’s challenges being non-white, but it was the Ashkenazi Jewish community that was unwilling to accept us as Jews. In contrast, the Bene Israel Jews have lived in India for centuries without persecution from the ruling Hindus and Moslems. My ancestors have been business owners, politicians, soldiers, poets, and civil servants. This is a photo of my paternal grand parents seated on the extreme left and right of the front row attending Synagogue in the early 1970’s.