The History of Malabari Jews in Kochi

Jewish presence in Kerala dates back to centuries. In the backdrop of a diminishing Jewish community in the city, Elias seeks to explore the history of Jewish settlement in Kerala through his own personal narratives as one of the last few Jews in the state.


 


Elias (Babu) Josephai
Elias (Babu) Josephai is one of the last few Jews left in Kerala. He is the current custodian of the Kadavumbagam Synagogue in Mather Bazaar, Kochi. His family left for Israel in the '70s while he chose to stay back to watch over the synagogue. He is a rich source for exploring Jewish traditions, culture and history.