Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue
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Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai

I went to a synagogue for the first time during my recent stay in Mumbai. I was staying in Colaba, and the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in Kala Ghoda was only a short drive away.

 

The synagogue was built in 1884 by Jacob Sassoon, of the illustrious Sassoon family, in his father’s memory. The Sassoons came to India when Jacob Sassoon’s grandfather, David Sassoon, the treasurer of Baghdad in the early 19th century, fled here with his family to escape the persecution of Jews in Iraq under the Mamluk rulers. The family built several educational, charitable and religious institutions in Mumbai, of which I got to see the David Sassoon Library and Reading Room across the road from the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue. You can read more here.

Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai

David Sassoon Library and Reading Room

The synagogue is a sky blue building that is somewhat plain on the outside, but exquisite on the inside, with stained glass windows, ornate pillars and beautiful chandeliers. The lower floor is the men’s gallery, and the upper one is for the women.

Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai
Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai
Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai
Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai
Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai
You are required to enter your details in a visitors’ register and buy a ticket if you want to take photos inside. The synagogue is closed on Saturdays.
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8 Comments

  • Reply mathanki kodavasal August 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Beautiful pictures. In my many years in Mumbai, I have always wanted to visit this synagogue, but never did!

  • Reply Anonymous July 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Stunning images! Lived in Bombay most of my life and never went to visit this place! 🙁

    Thanks for sharing.

    Rashmi

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan December 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Thank you Sindhu!

  • Reply sindhu December 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    lovely post, Madhu!

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan December 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Really??? I didn't have any special permission. All I had to do was buy a ticket for photography – Rs 100 for still cameras and I think Rs 150 for video cameras.

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan December 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Thank you Arundati!

  • Reply arundati December 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    gorgeous!

  • Reply Arif December 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Ok!!!!!! how did you gain entry and permission to click? Have been trying, begging, asking, since ages. Huh you fairer sex!!!!! 😉

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