Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Chendamangalam Synagogue Museum

Chendamangalam Synagogue is located at North Paravoor in Ernakulam district. One of the testimonies of Jewish Culture, the synagogue is situated near other historic monuments like Kottayil Kovilakam, Vypeenkotta Seminary and Jewish cemetery.

The Jews reached in Kerala, according to their skin colour, were classified into two – Black and White Jews. And the synagogue at Chendamangalam was the worship centres of Black Jews.

Built in 1614 on the land donated by the Paliam, the Chendamangalam Synagogue was destroyed in a fire. The present synagogue is made in 1830.

Recently the synagogue was restored by state archaeological department and is now a protected monument. The Chendamangalam Synagogue Museum or the Kerala Jews Life Style Museum, included in Muziris Heritage Project, showcases the lives and rituals of Kerala Jews who were firm believers and lived in close contact with the local society.


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