The Digital Journalist
©Steve Raymer
Indian Jews in Nevatim gather in the Cochin Synagogue to read from the Torah, the sacred Jewish scriptures customarily kissed by the faithful. The Cochin Jews--originally merchants and shopkeepers who lived along India's Malabar seacoast for more than 1,000 years--are one of the smallest of several groups of Indian Jews that have migrated to Israel. Most of Israel's 60,000 Indian Jews are called the Bene-Israel, descendants of the Cohanim, an ancient Israelite priestly class--a lineage that was confirmed by DNA testing in 2002.