A Jewish Synagogue in Kerala and her stories.....

Clicked @ the Jewish Synagogue in Fort Kochi. This synagogue was built in 5th or 6th century and is supposedly one of the oldest ones across the world! Isnt it interesting that in the heart of Kerala, there still resides a thriving Jewish community settled there for centures together! You could read more about the Synagogue here.

Now thriving is a exaggeration cause most of them have moved over to Israel and other greener patches ~~ So all thats left there today  is a handful of people(The count doesnt exceed 10). While googling up about this place ~~Here is a interesting snippet I came across about the ticket seller of the synagogue! She is the youngest of the lot there(and is almost hitting 40) and  her refusal to marry the only eligible Jewish bachelors in Kochi (who happen to be her cousins) will bring this community to extinction in few decades.

Makes me wonder, if I were in her place ~~ Would I agree to marry a Man-not-of-my-choice jus cause thts the only way to keep a 2000+ old tradition alive?

Linking this to ABC Wednesday ( J is for Jewish Synagogue)


  1. Wonderful post and a really interesting question that I am not sure how I'd answer either.

    Loved the post - have a great week.

  2. unexpected piece of history!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Very informative, thanks for sharing!

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  4. I'm late getting here but I'm glad I did eventually - a most interesting story. I think I have to be honest and say No, I wouldn't marry someone not of my choice to keep the tradition alive but I'd always feel guilty about it. What a terrible situation to be in.