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“India, she the grim Stepmother of our kind”, wrote Rudyard Kipling in his poem Christmas in India. He couldn’t have been further from the truth for history bears witness to India’s benign acceptance of all those that arrive on its shores seeking a haven to practice their religion in peace, free of persecution. The earliest known instance is the arrival of Jews in India around 2500 years ago.
However, I shall not talk about history and instead share with you dear readers my visit to the historical Jew Town in Mattancherri, Cochin, Kerala, and my meeting with the eldest member of the dwindling Jewish community, the sprightly octogenarian Sarah Cohen, who resides a stone’s throw from the four hundred and forty three year old Paradesi Synagogue.
Sarah Cohen’s Life and Times in Jew Town.