Friday, November 1, 2013

Mourning In Mattancherry: Rachel Sassoon Cohen Passes Away

By Bala Menon

Jew Town, Mattancherry, is in mourning. One of its members Rachel Sassoon Cohen passed away early on November 1 after a long and debilitating illness. The funeral is on Sunday and she will be buried at the Jewish cemetery on A.B. Salem Road just off Synagogue Lane.

Rachel (pictured) or 'Patha' as she was known affectionately in the community, was in her early 80's and lived alone in a house opposite the Paradesi Synagogue. Her husband Sunny Cohen passed away several years ago. They had no children.

Rachel had one brother Haim Sassoon, who lived in Ashdod (Israel). Haim died a few years ago. Her sister-in-law Ruby and nephews and nieces live in Ashdod.

With the death of Rachel Sassoon Cohen, there are only seven people left among the Paradesi Jewish Community in Cochin.


  1. Cannot recollect from picture but as Mattancherry is a small place i would have certainly across M. Rachel Sasson. RIP

  2. Very sad may she rest in peace