Religious Establishments

Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue

locationFort

    This Synagogue In Fort Is Beautiful, Peaceful And Rife With History

    Jayati posted on 06 August

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    The Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue standing tall and proud in the bylanes of Kala Ghoda, South Mumbai is as stunning as its history it bears with it. We stepped into this Jewish temple in all its glory and unearthed a new, almost hidden aspect of Mumbai.

    A Flourishing Ethnic Minority

    Knesset Eliyahoo in Fort maybe hard to miss, but pin Rhythm House in Kala Ghoda as a landmark, walk straight past it. You’ll find a towering light blue building with high security and sun dancing off of its paleness.

    Built by Jacob Sassoon as early on as 1884 {of the famed Sassoon Dock, library and the family}, the Orthodox Synagogue is a mark of the diversity that holds true for Mumbai’s burgeoning population. Jacob’s grandfather, David Sasson had immigrated from Baghdad way back in 1832 and found base in the dock city of pre-partition India.

    However, a dark moment in the Jewish community marred the synagogue’s stature for a while. On November 8, 2008 Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg was killed alongside his wife and a few of the other Jews at Nariman House. Rabbi regularly conducted Sabbath services and held religious discourses at Eliyahoo. Post this, the synagogue has bulked up on extra security with a police car always stationed outside of it, and the visitors are required to submit a photocopy of their ID (passports for the foreign nationals.)

    What We Loved

    The beautiful and astounding architecture from inside. It’s almost like you’re entering a Pinterest board, full of chandeliers, pillars and a very Victorian aesthetic. It was designed by a British architectural firm and hence has that old-British charm to it.

    Climb the stairs up, and one is face to face with the sanctuary (positioned west to face towards Jerusalem as in all Synagogues). We found gorgeous pillars, high hung lamps, Torah scrolls and tons religious books lined up on the teak-wooden furniture. Though it’s generally empty, we were told a few tourists flock in, though not many are aware of the fact that it is in fact open to the public.

    So, We're Saying...

    This turquoise Jewish temple is beautiful and peaceful. With a thriving but small community of around 4,000 Jews left in Mumbai, the synagogue is a reminder of this closed ethnic community. And a fun fact for you, Madonna has visited this synagogue back in 2008. We’re thinking if Madonna can, so should you.

    #LBBTip

    They charge INR 100 for photography and INR 500 for videos. So make sure to carry change if capturing the place is on your mind.

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    Religious Establishments

    Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue

    Location Details
    locationFort

    VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

      Religious Establishments

      Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue

      locationFort