The Maharashtra cabinet has cleared the proposal to accord the small Jews population in the state with minority status.
According to 2001 Census, the number of Jews living in India was 4,650 with 2,466 of them living in Maharashtra. After getting the minority status, Jews in the state will be entitled to use the benefits of government schemes meant for minorities and can also apply in educational institutions under the minority status.
If officially recognized as a minority community, it would be easier for them to register their marriages. They would also be able to set up their own educational institutions and practice and promote their culture.The Jews have been a part of the Indian society for over 2,300 years now.At present, there are six notified minority communities in India – Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Parsis and Jains.