Two years ago, on December 12, 2014, I met Sarah Cohen, India’s oldest surviving Jew, in the port city of Cochin.
I was on a research trip to Cochin for a show I was presenting for History Channel, and the name Jew Town was enough to tickle my interest. Curious to connect the dots of India’s multicultural past, I walked through the trinket filled streets in the Mattancherry area, just a few metres from one of the world’s oldest places of Jewish worship - the Paradesi (foreigner's) synagogue. I wondered why, after thousands of years, this community is still considered 'foreign'.
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