Mala: Hayeem Aharon, a Jew, was back again at Mala in Thrissur district to relive his childhood memories.
Aharon and his family migrated to Israel when he was 7 years old in 1954. Aharon and his wife Noga came here to visit the house where he had spent his childhood. His former residence now houses the Mala post office. This is their fifth visit to the erstwhile hub of Jews.
Every year many Jews from Israel visit Jewish centres in Kerala such as Mala, and Paravur and Kochi in Ernakulam district, especially during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
Apart from Aharon and Nago, eight others were part of the group and they visited the synagogue and Jewish cemetery, and offered prayers there before returning to Israel.
When Aharon visited Mala last time in 2016, he had posted a letter to Israel from the post office that was once his home.
Aharon and his family reside at Misilath about 25 km from Jerusalem. Close to 15 percent of people living in Misilath have a connection with Mala, Aharon said.