Fodor's Expert Review Magen Hassidim Synagogue

Central Mumbai Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This is probably Mumbai's most active synagogue, but being in Byculla, it's not really much of a tourist destination and, as a Hasidic synagogue, may not be as open to visitors as some of the reform places of worship. This Bene Israel shrine is in the Muslim area of Madanpura. Although the communities of Baghdadi and Cochini Jews have dwindled to just a few thousand, the Bene Israel community continues to modestly prosper. The congregation and caretakers at this well-attended shrine (with about 750 members) can lend insight into the future of this community: Magen Hassidim is the face of India's modern Jews, the ones who generally don't plan to migrate to Israel and who are now part of the nation's mainstream.

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Maulana Azad Rd.
Mumbai, Maharashtra  400029, India


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