The Last Jews of Kerala: The 2,000-Year History of India's Forgotten Jewish Community

The Last Jews of Kerala: The 2,000-Year History of India's Forgotten Jewish Community


Discover the hidden Jewish historical past of southwestern India.

Two thousand years in the past, exchange routes and the autumn of Jerusalem took Jewish settlers looking sanctuary throughout Europe and Asia. One little-known team settled in Kerala, in tropical southwestern India. ultimately numbering within the millions, with 8 synagogues, they prospered. a few got here to own giant estates and plantations, and lots of loved monetary privilege and political impression. Their cozy lives, besides the fact that, have been haunted via a feud among the Black Jews of Ernakulam and the White Jews of Mattancherry. Separated by way of a slender stretch of swamp and the colour in their dermis, they locked in a rancorous feud for hundreds of years, divided through racism and claims and counterclaims over who arrived first of their followed land.

Today, this once-illustrious humans is in its death days. Centuries of interbreeding and a latter-day Exodus from Kerala after Israel’s production in 1948 have reduced in size the inhabitants. The Black and White Jews mixed now quantity lower than fifty, and just one synagogue is still. at the threshold of extinction, the 2 final Jewish groups of Kerala have come to achieve that their future, and their undoing, is the same.

The final Jews of Kerala narrates the increase and fall of the Black Jews and the White Jews over the centuries and in the context of the grand historical past of the Jewish humans. it's the tale of the twilight days of a humans whose neighborhood will, in the subsequent iteration, stop to exist. but it's also a wealthy story of weddings and funerals, of loyalty to relatives and fierce individualism, of desperation and hope.

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