India Tours by Theme
Jewish Heritage Tour of Mumbai
Knesseth Eliahoo Synagogue - MumbaiThe Jewish community in India was comprised of three distinct groups: Bene Israel, The Malabar Jewish community and the Iraqi Jews. Their history dates back to over 2000 years ago where there is evidence listed on the cemeteries in Hebrew. Today the community has shrunk considerably; however, there is a large community still active to share the history with us. This program combines both Jewish histories (as we go the beaten track to explore this remarkable culture) with the traditional Indian temples and palaces through the land of the Maharajas.
The Knesseth Eliahoo Synagogue (also known as Fort Jewish Synagogue), established in 1884 by Mr. Jacob Sasson in memory of his father. Leave to visit the Magen David Synagogue - the huge beautiful building is heritage point and famous tourist place it is located in the premises of Jewish school and having prayer services on every morning shabat and every festival synagogue is open from 9 to 9 in evening, Magen David Synagogue was built in 1861 in Byculla, Mumbai, by David Sassoon. It is a tall one-storied building in the style of Victorian architecture. Its gothic character with frontal pillars and clock tower is noteworthy. Magen David Synagogue has a beautiful tebah (reader's platform that marks the center of Sefardic synagogues) and hekhal (ark which holds Torahs in cases of hammered silver). Regular worship services are conducted. David Sassoon built an elementary school near the synagogue which is now the Sir Jacob Sassoon Free High School. The synagogue runs under the Sir Jacob Sassoon Charity Trust.
Tiphereth Israel Synagogue - is one of the oldest synagogues in Mumbai. It was started in 1886 in a rented building by the Bene Israel community of Mumbai and is now located at Rosh-Del-Villa in Jacob Circle. Tiphereth Israel Synagogue was formally known as Jacob Circle Prayer Hall. It is also called Kandlekaranchi Mashid. Sabbath worships are conducted with community hall, place where religious studies are done and various activities are held. We later visit the ORT and meet Mr Benjamin Isaac. Later visit Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Juni Masjid established in 1796. The street on which the Synagogue stands was named Samaji Street in His Honor and is at present known as Samuel Street. The Synagogue celebrated its centenary in the year 1896 and then renamed Shaar-Ha-Rahamim.
Magen Aboth Synagogue - Mumbai
Magen Aboth Synagogue - situated at Alibag, about 30 km south of Mumbai, on the Mumbai-Goa Konkan Route. It was constructed in 1848. The place was famous as the first town in Konkan where the Bene Israel, the largest Jewish community of Indian Jews, erected a synagogue. The synagogue is located at the place that is known as the Israel alley to the south-east of the town. Regular worships are conducted here.
After breakfast depart from the Gateway of India by a catamaran for Mandwa ( 01 Hour ) then by road to visit Magen Aboth Synagogue. It is also accessible by road via Panvel in about three hours (124 km). Alibag is home to a lot of forts, churches, synagogues and the fascinating tower of St. Barbara. After lunch visit to Jewish Cemetery. Depart Mandwa by Catamaran. Return journey back to the Hotel.