lanes resembling a beautifully laid out cobbled street, with brightly
painted walls, stores brimming with antiques on either side lead us
towards the one of the oldest Synagogues, heading to a dead end.
are not allowed inside, unless it is a two wheeler. The stores have
items literally spilling out into the streets, which leaves just about
enough space for people to walk on. It feels like we are in a different
country altogether, that is how different the atmosphere here is.
belongings, including mobile phones and cameras with the storage space
provided near the Synagogue and then enter the premises. The hall before
the main synagogue showcases a brief history of the place, through
photographs and content lining the walls. Built in 1568 by the Malabar
Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin, this
is called the Paradesi Synagogue. Situated in an area called Jew Town,
this is probably the only one of the 7 synagogues that is still in use.
In all, there are about 13 Jew families living in the area, and the
lady we met at the entrance shooed us away saying “we have had enough of
reporters and journalists prying into our lives, please leave us in
Just outside, in the path around the synagogue i spotted a few stones and pieces of wall with Jewish inscriptions on them. Wish i knew what they meant, there was no one around or no board that explained the words. And before i knew it, the lady at the entrance was beckoning me with her head, it was time to leave. I walked out with so many questions in my mind, but alas, they remain there…..