18 January 2018 - 3 Shevat 5778 - ג' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Last Kohen of Cochin dies E-mail

Shalom Cohen, the last Kohen remaining in Cochin, passed away a little more than one week before Rosh Hashanah at the age of 87.  His older brother, the community’s shochet, had passed away a few years ago.

The Jewish community is located in Jew Town, the area of Cochin that houses the Paradesi Synagogue. 

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Shofar sounds for servicemen in Asia E-mail

Rabbi Commander Joel Newman spent the High Holidays on the United States Yokosuka Naval Base in order to  “bring a little bit of home” to servicemen stationed in surrounding areas.

Military personnel were entitled to special liberty passes in order to participate in the services.


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Singapore home to conference between Israelis and Christians E-mail

The ‘Jerusalem Summit Asia’ held a conference in Singapore in order to foster an alliance between Jews and Christians against worldwide Islamic extremists.

The conference is organised by conservative Israelis in support of the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus and funded by the private Michael Cherney foundation.

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Israeli backpackers flock to Chabad during recent coup E-mail

Chabad House in Bangkok found itself host to hundreds of Israeli backpackers seeking shelter from potential danger during

Thailand’s recent coup.  Chabad was flooded with calls from Israel while over one dozen tanks and armoured vehicles, carrying machine-gun toting soldiers, rolled through the streets.   

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Israeli ambassador seeks open dialogue E-mail

Malaysia and Indonesia, both with predominantly Muslim populations, have refused to consider diplomatic relations with Israel.
However Israel is taking the  initiative  seeking an open dialogue with these two nations to attempt to develop relations.

The recent conflict in the Middle East generated numerous anti-Israel protests, with some Malaysian and Indonesian demonstrators even volunteering to go to the Middle East to fight the Jewish state.

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