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In Rural South India, Torah Study Flourishes
Text and photos by Judi Kloper
In January and March 2020, I visited the Zion Torah Center in Erode, Tamil Nadu. The community’s roots in Judaism go back to the late founder’s grandfather who was a Baghdadi Jew, though its members have only been practicing since 2011. I was welcomed by Moshe Samuel, his family, and many community members.
Their knowledge of and dedication to Judaism, Torah, and Hebrew moved me. COVID-19 in India ended my trip early, but the memories and friendships are long-lasting.