Religion: Saturday's Oilmen

Barnstorming Jewish congregations in the U.S. this week was a dynamic, coffee-skinned Indian from Bombay. The Honorable Baruch Bension Benjamin first came to the U.S. last month for the launching of Conservative Judaism's new World Council of Synagogues, at which he represented one of the oldest and oddest Jewish communities in the world. Its name: Bene Israel (Sons of Israel).

No one knows exactly when, but it was some 2,000 years ago that a ship from Egypt was wrecked on the west coast of India, south of Bombay. Seven men and seven women survived, and an ancient cemetery at the village of...

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