The project took almost five years before the reconstructed synagogue was displayed as a permanent exhibit in Israel museum in 1996. Fred Worms remembers in a Jerusalem Post article (9th May, 2011) here on how he arrived at a decision to bring the Kadavumbagam synagogue to Israel. It was his birthday gift to the legendary Jerusalem Mayor (1965 to 1993), Teddy Kollek. “I asked him what he wanted for his 75th birthday, and he said, ‘I want to pray in a synagogue in Cochin',said Worms. “Teddy, I didn’t know you were religious, but okay, I’ll pay for your first-class fare to Cochin,’ I told him. ‘No, I want the Cochin synagogue to come to Israel,’ Teddy said, so that’s how we ended up bringing the Kadavumbagam synagogue to the Israel Museum.”
Although, the Kadavumbhagom synagogue's interior was brought to Israel in 1991 from Mattancherry, its Torah Ark and Bima could not be included in the Israel museum's collection. The original Kadavumbhagom Ark had been already taken to Israel, to Moshav Nehalim in 1950s. The Nehalim community was reluctant to part with theirs and so the museum had to think of an alternative. Meanwhile, the Parur Synagogue became an option, because the synagogue was closed since 1988 when the last of 'Parur Jews' left for Israel and it's Torah Ark and podium were available. The Israel Museum therefore bought the Torah Ark (1891) and the Bima (podium) of the abandoned Parur synagogue and brought to Jerusalem in 1995. Thus, Israel Museum has a 'Parur Ark' of 1891 and Moshav Nehalim has the original 'Kadavumbagam Ark' from 1940s, although the later is presumably a replica of a more ancient ark! Here is a nice high resolution photograph of the Parur Ark preserved in the Israel museum, fetched from online.