Sarah Jacob Cohen

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Sarah Jacob Cohen
Born(1922-09-04)4 September 1922
Died30 August 2019(2019-08-30) (aged 95)
Known forOldest Kerala Jew
Spouse(s)Jacob Cohen

Sarah Jacob Cohen[1][2] (September 4, 1922 – August 30, 2019) was the oldest living member of Kochi’s Jewish community,[3] visited by The British royal family at Mattancherry, Kochi in November 2013. She was a prominent member of the Jewish Community that arrived in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the south Indian state of Kerala, over 500 years ago, from Europe,[4] who was dedicated to keeping alive simple Jewish traditions like the humble kippah making in a far flung Jewish outpost. Cohen had a number of relatives living in Sydney, Australia, including her brother Julian Cohen. She died on August 30, 2019 at the age of 96.[5]


  1. Wax, Emily (27 August 2007). "In India, a Jewish Outpost Slowly Withers" – via
  2. "The last Jews of Kochi". The Hindu. 3 March 2012. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  3. Surendranath, Nidhi (14 September 2013). "Reliving the glorious days of Kochi's Jews". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  4. Staff Reporter (8 March 2013). "Celebrating 500 years of Jewish presence in Kochi". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. "Sarah Cohen, the oldest Kerala Jew, passes away". 30 August 2019 – via

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