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Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue, Chendamangalam

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  • Interesting little place. It shuts at 1pm. We made it by 1 minute. Its only small and resembles an antiques shop with its chandeliers and what looked lime Chinese willow patterned floor tiles. 
  • Today there more Jews in the corner, but one who lives in Israel and has spent some time here every year. but the old synagogue is still there, charming. Beautiful discovery that is really worth trying. In addition the village surrounding is also pleasant.
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  • Briefly visited this synagogue in October. Lovely calm place just off the street. Beautifully well preserved inside, obviously well looked after. Pictorial history is shown too which is very interesti...  read more »
  • This is one of a kind worship place in India, and we should be very proud having such an old Historical place kept almost intact. I made two attempts in the late '80s to visit this Jewish Synagogue. Both times it failed. The first time I visited, it was a Saturday- the Jewish Sabbath Day. The Jews don't do anything on Saturdays- it's Holy Day for them, and a holiday for us! The next time I went, it was worship time for them, and they didn't allow me. After visiting few places nearby, I returned around 12 noon, when it was just closed, and would then reopen again only by 4 pm that day, and I had to return soon to catch the train at 3. The 3rd time in 1992 I was determined to see only the Synagogue at any cost, and I went prepared. Yes, it was open, and I was the only visitor then! The ticket price was 20 paise! Yes, it seemed like an insult paying so less :) There was a very old man, a Jew, who must have been around 96-98 years old, wearing a Jewish skull cap. He could barely walk. He guided me inside. I had told him of my earlier failures, and he was very helpful showing me the entire place, and accessing sacred relics. He showed me the place for men, and women, explained the worship procedures, and opened an altar-like area to show me leather parchments on a scroll on which the Ten Commandments were written! There were a lot of other relics too, and he handled them with utmost devotion. He explained about the blue-coloured Chinese tiles placed all over, including on the roof, that totalled around 2000 in number, and no two tiles design are alike!! That's awesome! He showed me the priestly vestments, explained about the twelve gems on it, it's significance... The chandelier looked amazing in the very small worship area. Most of the things explained were very similar to the Old Testament culture of the Bible. After everything was over, he guided me outside, very gently, kissed me goodbye. I offered him Rs. 50, which he refused to accept. I forcibly kept it in his pocket, and walked away, still soaking in the Jewish mystery, the old man's hospitality, and the feeling of great satisfaction having experienced a divine feeling. After few months I returned with my family to show them also the Jewish Synagogue at Cochin's Mattancherry, and was shocked to know that the old man had passed away! We have been there many times ever since, but have not felt the satisfaction I felt when I was with the old man! I'm posting photos of the old copper scrolls I have at home. Unfortunately Google Maps' resolution is pathetic. My photography is bad too. I don't know what it means on the scroll. Hope someone can explain here the Hebrew meaning written in it. Google is funny... They might not show all scrolls on display...! I've marked them 1, 2, 3. *** very important*** please check the timings, before you visit. Now it is managed probably by the ASI, and the timings might have relaxed a bit.
  • This is a run down synagogue, hardly anything beautiful to see about it even though it has a lot of potential from a historical perspective. Most of the information is on posters like a school project and the synagogue itself seems empty. Around there however there are a number of souvenir and antique shops that may interest a particular buyer interested in antiques. Visited April 2016
  • It is a must visit when you are in the area, but do not expect to see an overly "sophisticated" Synagogue. It is a simple one with humble decoration, but the history behind it is interesting. Do not attempt to visit the Jewish Cemetery about 10 minutes away walk from the Synagogue as it is closed for visitors.
  • Offers a peak in the history of Jews in Fort Kochi. A good place to visit while in Fort Kochi. Parking is 200 meters away from this place and lined with expensive memorabilia shops. You can visit the police museum too which falls midway.
  • A window into Kochi's ancient history.The Paradesi Synagogue holds its history with dignity and simplicity. The beauty of certain details within - the floor, chandeliers and lamps - does nothing to distract from the atmosphere of reverence, reflection and an elegiac sense of a departed community. No Inside Photography Closed on Fridays and Saturdays
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