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Paradesi Synagogue
Fort Cochin, Kochi
The Paradesi Synagogue in Cochin, built
in 1568 and still functioning as a
synagogue, is open to visitors during
business hours, except for the Jewish
sabbath and holidays. It is in the
Mattancheri area of Kochi, to the south
of Fort Cochin, in Jew Town, where you
will find bookstores, curio shops and
stores with local crafts.
Restoration of the synagogue in Parur, 2
kilometers from Chennamangalam, is in
the planning and fund–raising stage.
Access must be arranged in advance to
see the synagogue, which dates from
1621. Look for granite pillars marked
"Jew Town" at the entrance to the street
where the synagogue is located.
The two synagogues in Ernakulum, the synagogue in Mala, and the
Kadavumbagam and Tekkumbagam synagogues in Mattancheri, Kochi, are
not open to the public at this time.
The Kerala Department of Archaeology carried out the restoration of the
synagogue in Chennamangalam with funds from the Department of Tourism.
The exhibition in the synagogue in Chennamangalam was funded by The
Koret Foundation, The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, Marc
and Anita Abramowitz, and other private donors.
The Chennamangalam synagogue is open daily except Mondays.
Exhibition curators:
Dr. Shalva Weil, Professor of Anthropology,
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Prof. Jay A. Waronker,
Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia, USA
Exhibition project director:
Marian Scheuer Sofaer, Palo Alto, California, USA
US $7.00