Synagogues of the World

India


India’s oldest synagogue is the Pardesi synagogue in Kochi (or Cochin). It was built in 1567, destroyed by Inquisition era Portugese when it was colonized by that nation, and rebuilt in 1664 after Kochi was conquered by Holland.


Pardesi Synagogue Cochin

Beth El Synagogue in Calcutta

Beth El Synagogue in Calcutta


Beth El Synagogue in Calcutta

Magen David Synagogue in Calcutta

Magen David Synagogue in Calcutta


Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in Mumbai

Magen David Synagogue in Mumbai

Magen David Synagogue in Mumbai

Magen David Synagogue in Mumbai

Magen David Synagogue in Mumbai

 

To learn about the history of the Indian Jewish community, click here.


Sources: Pardesi synagogue interior courtesy of Jewish Buffalo. Exterior Pardesi and large photos of Magen David Mumbai and Keneseth Eliyahoo courtesy of Karen Schapiro.
All other photos courtesy of HaChayim HaYehudim Jewish Photo Library (© Jono David Media)