March 30th, 2010
07:28 AM ET

Twilight comes for India's fading Jewish community

Ian Zachariah's eyes scan the empty Maghen David synagogue. There have not been prayers said here in a long time, for the lack of 10 able-bodied men needed to form the minyan, the quorum required for a Jewish service.

Zachariah, 65, knows the end is near for the Jews of Kolkata, India. Once a thriving community of 6,000, their numbers can be counted on fingers now. Zachariah says fewer than 30 Jews are left in this bustling eastern Indian metropolis.

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