The Legend of Cochin

The Synagogue of Cochin Jews in Nevatim

2 Minutes, 1981
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Directed by: Gadi Castle
Production:Igal Efrati, Zohar Arnon
Photographer: Yachin Hirsh, Shlomo Levi, Gadi Castle
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An excerpt from a film produced by the Israeli Film Service, which follows the history of the Jewish community of Cochin in India, an ancient community with a centuries-old history, from the reign of the Rajah to the Portuguese occupation, until the immigration of most members of the community to Israel in the 1950’s. In the following clip we visit Moshav Nevatim, where a large community of Cochin Jews lives, and where a new synagogue has been built based on a model of synagogues in the traditional style of Cochin Jewry, in collaboration with community members and architect Gershon Shevach. The community members express their wish to preserve their tradition and connect the younger generation to the communitys heritage, and the synagogue is currently used as part of the Cochin Jewish Heritage Center in Nevatim (director: Gadi Castel, production: Zohar Arnon, editing: Lina Kadish).

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