The Last Jews of Kerala details the fascinating history of the 2,000 year old littleknown Jewish community in India’s Kerala region, from its inception to its apex to its impending extinction. Author Edna Fernandes gives the work a human side by describing not only the history but her interactions with the present generation of these Jews, who now number fewer than fifty. The reader joins Fernandes in what feels like her personal journey of discovery. The subject is fascinating and poignant, the journey both languid and intense. Fernandes’ strongest suit is her ability to introduce a theme, seamlessly interweave it within the story, and conclude by unfolding a cohesive tapestry. Readers interested in Jewish history will not be disappointed.
The Last Jews of Kerala
Yehuda Kranzler has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins, where he was co-editor in chief of the Johns Hopkins Black and Blue and education chairman of the Johns Hopkins Hillel. Mr. Kranzler is a licensed social worker and treats children and adolescents in New York.
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