The Bene Israel (Hebrew: בני ישראל, "Sons of Israel", Marathi: बेने इस्राएल) are a group of Jews who migrated in the nineteenth century from west Maharashtra to the nearby Indian cities, primarily Mumbai, but also to Pune, Ahmedabad, and Karachi (Karachi later became a part of Pakistan). Prior to these waves of emigrations and to this day, the Bene Israel formed the largest sector of the subcontinent's Jewish population, and constitute the bulk of those sometimes referred to as en:Pakistani Jews. The native language of the Bene Israel is en:Judæo-Marathi, a form of Marathi. Most Bene Israel have now emigrated to Israel.
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