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Cochin synagogue in India to receive legal protection

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Interior of the Kadavumbhagom Synagogue, India.NEW DELHI — Officials sought protection for a historic synagogue in the city of Cochin in western India and a nearby Jewish cemetery following the synagogue’s partial demolition.

The procedure seeking protection of the sites as cultural assets was initiated last month, according to a July 30 report on the website of STMEGI, an Azerbaijan-based organization representing Jewish communities in central Asia.

Under the procedure, Kadavumbhagom Synagogue at Ernakulam near Cochin and the Jewish cemetery near the Kathrikadavu district in Cochin would be added to the Culture Ministry’s Archaeological Survey of India as sites intended for preservation.

The move follows the partial demolition last month of a section of the synagogue, following threats by moneylenders, the Times of India reported.

According to the daily, the building’s owner, identified only as Regina, is in debt to the moneylenders.

The Kadavumbhagam synagogue was established in the 16th century, but decades of disuse have left the building severely dilapidated, according to a report last year in The Hindu. It was being used as a cattle shed, the paper reported.

Police asked the government to take over the building and the Association of Kerala Jews sent a petition to government officials urging them to protect the building.

An official from the local archaeology department told The Hindu that when the Cochin’s Jews immigrated to Israel, they sold the synagogue to a businessman who later transferred ownership to Regina.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:43 )  

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