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Synagogues in Kolkata

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Kolkata

Beth El Synagogue

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http://www.jewishcalcutta.in/exhibits/show/synagogue/beth-el-synagogue--history

http://indianjews.org/en/research/jewish-sites-in-india/102-west-bengal-beth-el-synagogue

Here are some images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=beth+el+synagogue+kolkata&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8gOrIrfLZAhUCHZQKHbH9BAYQ_AUICigB&biw=1523&bih=718

Neveh Shalom Synagogue

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http://indianjews.org/en/research/jewish-sites-in-india/50-neveh-shalom-synagogue

Here are some images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=neveh+shalom+synagogue+kolkata&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwia5en-qfLZAhWKerwKHeesAUcQ_AUICygC&biw=1523&bih=718

Magen David Synagogue

While my photography focus has changed to trying to capture local people in their everyday life, generally out in the hustle and bustle of the markets or on the footpath / sidewalk, going into the Magen David Synagogue was really great as it was so peaceful with no traffic noise. It is shame that the building is no longer used as a synagogue as there are so few Jews still living in Kolkata (about 30) but has been remarkably well kept. There has to be at least 10 adult males for the quorum.

Look at the ornate interior from the chequered tile floors, chandeliers to the light streaming in through the stain glass windows.

Magen David, or the Shield of David, was built in 1884 by Elias David Ezra in memory of his father David Joseph Ezra, who made his fortune in the real estate trade of Kolkata.

The synagogue is built in the Italian Renaissance style with a brick red finish. The entrance to the synagogue compound is hidden behind makeshift stalls selling hairclips and other trinkets. The Magen David Synagogue is approached through an arched door, containing the hexagonal “Star of David” and Hebrew inscription. The two side walls contains memorial plaques dedicated to the well known Jews of Calcutta (Kolkata).

Although the services of the Magen David Synagogue have long stopped but the interior are astonishingly well maintained. The chequered marble floor, gleaming chandeliers, stained glass windows and ornate floral pillars shipped from Paris enhance its Continental look.

The altar of the Magen David Synagogue is crowned with an Apse (Half Dome) studded with stars. It represents the heaven. The large plaque in the middle contain the “Ten Commandments.” It also contains several other Hebrew inscription along with several other items of Jewish Iconography, including the seven branched lamp stand of Menorah. High above the wall opposite the altar is a beautiful circular stained glass.

At the centre of the hall is a raised podium from where the Rabbi preached. Two sets of stairs from either side of the hall leads to the upper balconies, reserved for women. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magen_David_Synagogue_(Kolkata)

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Caretaker for at least 40 years

Caretaker for at least 40 years

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=magen+david+synagogue+kolkata&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwisiv_-0-PZAhWKx7wKHbwMB5cQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=734

After the tour had finished, Manjit pin pointed on Maps.me where the flower market was.

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