New Article: Singh, Gender, Displacement, and the Challenges of “Homecoming” for Indian Jews in Dimona, 1950s-60s

Singh, Maina Chawla. “‘Where Have You Brought us, Sir?’: Gender, Displacement, and the Challenges of ‘Homecoming’ for Indian Jews in Dimona, 1950s-60s.” Shofar 32.1 (2013): 1-26.

URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/shofar/v032/32.1.singh.html

Abstract

Hundreds of Jews who migrated from India to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s were settled in Israeli development towns. Ironically, many Indian Jews had left bustling urban centers like Bombay, only to be dropped off in dry, dusty, underdeveloped towns in the Negev desert. This article explores the postmigration experience of first-generation Indian Jewish women migrants settled in the town of Dimona, Israel. Drawing upon extensive ethnographic research and personal narratives, this paper analyzes the ramifications of this migration on the social, economic, linguistic, and cultural identities of these women. Highlighting the challenges faced by them as wives, mothers, and members of a labor force, the article underscores the gendered nature of this experience and its impact on the postaliya lives of these Indian Jewish migrants. The article argues that while Indian Jewish communities have successfully created supportive and associational networks across many development towns, Israeli towns like Dimona, which remain largely frozen in time, have also adversely affected the prospects of the second generation born to these Indian Jewish women who made aliya in the 1960s.

ToC: Israel Affairs, 16,3 (2010)

Israel Affairs: Volume 16 Issue 3 is now available online at informaworldTM.
This new issue contains the following articles:

Original Articles

The relationship between electoral systems and political marketing: Israel 1988-2003
Pages 335 – 364

Authors: Yehudith Auerbach; Talya Yehuda

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487724

Local government training in England and Wales, Denmark and Israel
Pages 365 – 385

Author: Moshe Maor

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487726

From At Tiri to Qana: the impact of peacekeeping in Lebanon on Israeli-Irish bilateral relations, 1978-2000
Pages 386 – 405

Author: Rory Miller

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487728

Israel’s energy security: the Caspian Sea and the Middle East
Pages 406 – 415

Author: Gawdat Bahgat

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487729

Vanunu, The Sunday Times, and the Dimona question
Pages 416 – 433

Author: Yoel Cohen

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487730

The Israeli volunteering movement preceding the 1956 war
Pages 434 – 454

Author: Moshe Naor

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487732

The missing currency of Israeli/Palestinian negotiations
Pages 455 – 465

Author: Lloyd Cohen

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.487733