Jewish Heritage

Jewish Heritage Tour of Mumbai

Mumbai has a rich Jewish history. Listen to the mesmerizing stories of Jews who lived peacefully with their Hindu & Muslim neighbours.

This tour begins with a visit to Sassoon Docks in Colaba. Built in 1875 by Albert Sassoon, a Baghdadi Jew. Come dawn the docks are bustling with fishing activity, making it one of the oldest docks & the largest fish market in Mumbai.

From here, proceed to Chabad House in Colaba which is one of 8 synagogues in Mumbai & has been described as the epicentre of the Jewish community in the city. It was witness to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack where Rabbi Gavriel & Rivka Holtzberg were killed & their son Moshe miraculously survived the attack. At present it has been created into a Jewish museum & memorial.

Proceed to Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in Fort built in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon in memory of his father. Its exterior facade is painted in blue & its interior is exquisitely beautiful adorning with dazzling stained glass windows, chandeliers & pillars.

Visit the iconic David Sassoon Library in Fort, built by the Sassoon family. It is one of the oldest heritage libraries in Mumbai & houses a large collection of very rare old books.

Proceed to the Shaar Harahamim Synagogue or Gate of Mercy Synagogue on Samuel Street in Mandvi. It is oldest synagogue in Mumbai & was built in 1796 by Samuel Ezekiel Divekar, a Bene Israeli.

Drive towards Magen David Synagogue in Byculla, built in 1864 by the late David Sassoon. This synagogue is one of the largest in Asia outside of Israel & is a tall one-storied building in the style of Victorian architecture. Near the synagogue, there are two Jewish Schools opened to children of all communities.

From Magen David Synagogue, drive towards Tiphereth Israel Synagogue located near Dhobi Ghat. It is one of the oldest synagogues in Mumbai & was formally known as Jacob Circle Prayer Hall. This synagogue was started in 1886 in a rented building by the Bene Israel community & is now located at Rosh-Del-Villa in Jacob Circle.

At the end of the tour, return back to the hotel/airport/port with good memories.

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Inclusions

Transport in an air-conditioned car
English speaking guide
Professional driver

Exclusions

Food & drinks
Personal expenses
Entrance fees (if any)
Camera fees at Synagogues

Highlights

Explore the heritage, faith & the way of life of the Jews in Mumbai
Visit the Synagogues & community institutions that have played an important role in Jewish life
Explore the historic Sassoon Docks built by Baghdadi Jews

Notes

Entry to the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue is free. There is a charge of INR 100 for photography & INR 500 for video. Photo identification proof is required at the entrance. Foreign citizens must show a passport to enter.
Please dress comfortably, keeping in mind the sentiments of the locals.
Entrance to other synagogues is not guaranteed at this moment.

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