Magen David Synagogue
The Magen David Synagogue at Byculla Synagogue was built in 1864 by the late David Sassoon who was the founder of the Sassoon empire in India. Daily morning services and “Ereb” Sabbath and also Sabbath Mornings prayers are conducted. After which, a “Shulhan” breakfast is served to one and all.
This is the largest Synagogue of the “Bagdadi” Jewish Community of India which is open to one and all irrespective of the fact whether the members of the Community are Bene-Israel, Cochini’s or Bagdadi Jews and foreigners.
The synagogue showcases a gothic architecture with huge frontal pillars, a tall clock tower, and a beautiful prayer hall with an upper gallery reserved exclusively for ladies. The prayer hall has a raised reader's platform called the Tebah where the holy Torah scroll is placed. Two Jewish schools are attached to this synagogue and are found in the premises.
The best time to visit this synagogue is during the main Jewish festivals like Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The synagogue is one of the largest in Asia outside of Israel. Open to all religions, one can also attend the daily morning services.
In 2011, to commemorate with the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the synagogue, the building was restored.