|Jewish cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta)www.jewishcalcutta.in|
Jews have been living in India, in particular, on the coastal Kerala and west coast even before the arrival of St. Thomas, the Apostle in 52 AD. However, the British East India company created a favourable atmosphere for the Jewish community to explore business opportunities in India. The history of the Jews in Kolkata (Calcutta) dates back to the eighteenth century. The Jewish community of Kolkata was mostly from West Asia - Baghdadi Jews.
Calcutta, in the colonial period, had a flourishing Jewish community that was mostly engaged in small businesses and the population was about 6,000 strong. Because of Jewish migation to Israel after its formation in the 1940s, the population had declined drastically. At present there may be fewer than 100 Jews in Kolkata. During the hey day, the Bagdadi jews outnumberd Jews from other places.
|Jewish Cemetery, Kolkata. Rangan Datta.wordpress.com/2014|
|Naveh Shalom Synagogue. rangandatta.wordpress.com|
|Elia Moses Chohen's headstone. www.jewishcalcutta.in|
|Geniza, at the Narkeldanga Cemetery, in Kolkata, India. en.wikipedia.org|
|Calcutta Jewish cemetery. Charity box .jewishcalcutta.in|
|Jewish cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta). jewishcalcutta.in|
The Jewish Cemetery at 45 Narikeldanga Main Road has lots of graves, but the place of burial of Cohen, the man, who built the Jewish burial ground, is difficult to track, though his headstone, etc are recovered. The reason being, the time factor, vagaries of weather, lack of maintenance and above all nature's weathering action, that can not be controlled. Most of the graves have
|Magen David Synagogue in Kolkata. en.wikipedia.org|