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Marian Scheuer Sofaer

Attorney & Book Editor
Marian Scheuer Sofaer is the editor of Synagogues of India, a book describing more than thirty synagogues still extant in India.  The book was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel in 2017.  Her husband, Abe, grew up in the Baghdadi Jewish community in Bombay, and they are frequent visitors to India.  After the synagogue in Chendamangalam was restored by the Kerala Department of Archaeology and Department of Tourism, Marian served as the project director for an exhibition, co-curated by Shalva Weil and Jay A. Waronker, to document the history of the local Jewish community in Chendamangalam for visiting tourists and local groups, and to help preserve the synagogue as a cultural landmark for the Muziris Heritage Project, an eco-tourism initiative.  Marian was also part of an international advisory group for the Parur synagogue’s restoration in Kerala.  She is general counsel and co-founder of an arbitration and mediation firm, Federal Arbitration, Inc., and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia Law School