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The last Jews of Cochin Jewish identity in Hindu India by Nathan Katz

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Published by University of South Carolina Press in Columbia, S.C .
Written in English



  • Cochin (India),
  • India,
  • Cochin


  • Jews -- India -- Cochin -- History.,
  • Jews -- India -- Cochin -- Identity.,
  • Judaism -- India -- Cochin -- Customs and practices.,
  • Cochin (India) -- Ethnic relations.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-340) and index.

Statementby Nathan Katz and Ellen S. Goldberg.
ContributionsGoldberg, Ellen S., 1953-
LC ClassificationsDS135.I62 C64 1993
The Physical Object
Paginationxxiv, 352 p. :
Number of Pages352
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1725026M
ISBN 100872498476
LC Control Number92028751

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The Last Jews of Cochin, India: Their numbers are dwindling in a seaside town that once gave them refuge--but their culture remains. Full story for Pacific Standard here. Sarah Cohen, 95, one of five remaining Paradesi Jews in Mattancherry, Cochin, in her bedroom. The Last Jews of Kochi Johnny just doesn’t like to be looked upon by the visitors as a leftover of the Jewish presence in Kochi (Cochin), India. throws light on this subject in his book.   The Jewish quarters of Mattancherry, the area around the Paradesi Synagogue () was once the centre of the White Jews or Cochin Jews, who . In December last year, the anniversary celebration of the Paradesi Synagogue in Mattancherry, the oldest active in the Commonwealth of Nations, had nearly Cochin Jews visit Kerala. Around the same time, the Kadavumbhagom Synagogue was restored and reopened.

  In Prof. Nathan Katz's book, “Who are the Jews of India” he mentions about sefer yashar, as the communities chronicles, of Jews of Cochin. Which is a Historical record, but it is also mentioned that it was destroyed among many other books, when Portuguese burned Paradesi synagogue in A.D.   Sarphati was a skilled Sofer (Hebrew scribe) and he is also considered as local historian and his Hebrew history record of Cochin Jews dated , (which is a collection containing various records/data of an early date of to his time) is mentioned by David Solomon, in his Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscript catalogue book "Ohel David". Get this from a library! The last Jews of Cochin: Jewish identity in Hindu India. [Nathan Katz; Ellen S Goldberg] -- For two thousand years, a small colony of Jews in Cochin, South India, enjoyed security and prosperity, fully accepted by their Hindu, Muslim, and . Foreword The Last Jews of Cochin: Jewish Identity in Hindu India Daniel J. Elazar. The Jewish people is often referred to in Hebrew as am olam, which has been translated as "a world people," but, in fact, means much more than can be translated "world," but is better translated "universe" in the fullest sense that the universe includes both space and time.

  Last Jews of Kochi: This Colourful Town is Almost Lost to History. When you travel to Kochi, make sure you catch a glimpse of the last Jews before they’re lost in the pages of history.   The last six Paradesi Jews of Cochin Although the heavily-Hindu city is well known for its substantial Muslim and Christian populations, its lesser-known native Paradesi Jewish community is .   One of the oldest printed books on Cochin Jews Noticas dos Judeos de Cochin written by Moses de Pavia, an emissary sent by the Dutch who visited Cochin in mid s, asserts that ‘Seventy to Eighty Thousand Jews’ arrived at the Malabar Coast in CE from Majorca in Spain where their forefathers were taken as captives. Kochi’s acceptance of Jews, and their assimilation into the city, is a testament to the tolerance long associated with the town, a stark contrast to the conflict-ridden social history of.