Moshav Nevatim Cochin cultural center

Moshav Nevatim Cochin cultural center

Moshav Nevatim Cochin cultural center
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tanners47
Seattle, WA619 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Friends
Nevatim is a moshav in the northern Negev area of Israel, about 10 minutes ESE of Beersheva by car. It was settled in 1954 by Jewish immigrants from Cochin, India.

Over 6000 Cochin Jews live in Israel now, of which 620 people live on the moshav. In addition to agriculture, the community has a small tourist center. The Cochin Heritage Center consists of 2 buildings, the museum and the moshav synagogue.

The center is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but it is best to call in advance to arrange a tour. There is an entry fee of 15 shekels for adults and 12 for children and seniors. Group visits can be arranged on Friday for 20 shekels per person. Mira is in charge of the center, and she can give a tour in English as well as Hebrew. Several books are for sale.

Mira begins with a 16-minute movie telling the history of the Jews of Cochin and their journey to Israel in the years after the creation of that country. She then takes visitors to the small museum which has signs in English and Hebrew telling the history of the Jews in Cochin, with maps, and some pictures of the old community as well as ritual objects from the synagogues and homes and clothing for special occasions, the good relations with their neighbors, and special customs during weddings, holidays, and schooling in India. Mira personalizes the tour based on the interest of those visiting.

The highlight of the visit was the stunningly beautiful and colorful synagogue, which was based on the ancient Kerala synagogues. The Bimah and Torah ark were brought from the Cochin suburb of Ernakulam by community members. The bimah is in the center of the main floor with a secondary one on the 2nd floor above the entry. The posts of the synagogue are painted with the 7 Biblical species.

Unfortunately the center had a break-in in 1997, the year after opening, when many precious items were stolen. The about 8 years later, the synagogue also had a break-in and several items made of silver were also stolen. It still is definitely worthwhile to go and see this stunning place and hear the story of the Cochin Jews. Plan an hour for the visit.
Written July 8, 2014
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stanbroch
Rehovot, Israel172 contributions
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Feb 2017 • Couples
Unbelievable! My wife and I visit sites in the south of Israel innumerable times and never knew about this beautiful Cochin (Indian) synagogue located on Moshav Nevatim which is about 11 km from Beersheba on route 25, the road to Dimona.
A friend of mine, who knows so much about touring in Israel that he could be a guide, mentioned he had been wanting to visit this synagogue for many years so we called to arrange to visit. You must call before going to visit.
The synagogue was built using major segments that were relocated from India with other parts that were recreated by a local artist.
If you visit Beersheba taking this short trip is a must.
The guide at the site was very knowledgeable and there is a short, 15 min, movie about the Jews from Cochin, their life in India and their experience coming to Israel and establishing an agricultural settlement (moshav).
Written February 10, 2017
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Elizabeth J
Texas3 contributions
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Dec 2015 • Family
We were able to visit the museum last month. Since I originally hail from Kerala, south India where Cochin is and place where Cochin Jews lived for many years, I was able to appreciate the culture, garments etc more. Our guide was very helpful and it was very interting to see how that Jewish and Indian culture melded together in this fascinating group of people. Thanks Mirah, you were very helpful.
Written February 4, 2016
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lior r
Beersheba, Israel74 contributions
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Oct 2019
This is a complex that includes a bid Synagogue and a museum build in the Cochin tradition. In the synagogue the Torah scrolls are original from Cochin and the way the ended up here is quite a story.
The Jews fro Cochin did not have almost any contact with the rest of the Diaspora Jews and have quite a unique set of traditions an prayers.
Written November 25, 2019
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David L
Jerusalem, Israel25 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Couples
This is a small cultural museum with a great synagogue to see. It is somewhat different from the ones you are used to.
Written August 2, 2018
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Judithneisse
Nahariya, Israel104 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Friends
Jewish communities have been established throw-out history in all continents. These communities have preserved on the one hand their Judaism but also adapted to local culture: food, language; architecture. The miraculous creation of the State of Israel has brought Jews from more than 150 countries. Some of this groups has settled in a village of their own where they continued their links to the previous culture but also adapted to the Israeli modern society. The Cochin Community of Nevatim is such an example. The beautiful replica of their original Synagogue is very moving and interesting.
Written October 15, 2017
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Doc A
Milwaukee, WI240 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Couples
While staying in a rented house on the Moshav for a few days, the cultural center and synagogue were on-site attractions. An introductory film sets the stage for a user-friendly tour through a compact museum and the community's synagogue. A docent guides you through all areas. The story is a fascinating tale of a unique community, its history in India, and its successful immigration and integration into Israeli society. It is an important example of integration without losing one's long and impressive history. The cultural center is a must for those visiting Beersheba and the northern Negev area.
Written April 10, 2016
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Susan N
Jerusalem, Israel43 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Family
A small museum which tells the history of a very unique Jewish community. There is a film, a small ethnographic display, and a synagogue. The whole visit takes no longer than an hour. Call ahead to make sure they are open. May need to call to open the community's gate.
Written January 1, 2015
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Sandra C
Tel Aviv, Israel82 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
Joining a friend on a day trip in the South of the country we visited Moshav (agricultural community) Nevatim in the Negev Desert, just outside Beer Sheva. The Cultural Heritage Center of the Cochin in India gives insight to the traditions of this small and unique community. The highlight of the visit is the beautiful synagogue. A visit there should be combined with a culinary experience of the delcious Indian kitchen.
Written August 24, 2014
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Yankie1947
Ashkelon, Israel24 contributions
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Jan 2014 • Couples
Excellent video of the History of the Cochin Jews, beautiful display of their clothing and artwork, and a stunning visit to their synagogue. A local member of the community is available to answer questions. Kosher food available for groups if ordered in advance.
Written January 30, 2014
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