The Jewish Synagogue is situated at the port city of Kochi, Ernakulam. The synagogue is located exactly at the Jew Town.
This Jewish Synagogue is rated has been rated as the oldest synagogue in all the 53 member-countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Jewish Synagogue is been constructed 1568 by the Cochin Jewish Community; they are also called as Malabar Yahudan People. The Jewish Synagogue is also known as ‘Paradesi Synagogue’ and ‘Mattancherry Synagogue’.
The Jewish Synagogue was once used by the ‘White Jews’, from this history the synagogue got the name ‘Paradesi Synagogue’. ‘Paradesi’ means ‘foreigner’ in Malayalam.
The White Jews are a mixture of Jews from Cranganore, from the Middle East as well as the Europe exiles. The Jewish Synagogue is the only one among the 7 synagogues in the area that is still in use.
Interestingly, the worshippers in here too enter precincts of the Jewish Synagogue barefooted similar to the Hindu and Islamic traditions of Kerala. The history says that the land for the Jewish Synagogue was gifted by Raja Varma, the then ruler of Kochi to the Malabari Yehuden community. It shares a common wall with the famous Mattancherry Palace Temple.
The Jews here consisted of 3 sects of people. The White Jews among them are the high-class professionals and merchants. In earlier period, the White Jews were the full members of the Jewish Synagogue.