Shaar Hashamaim (Gate of Heaven) Synagogue – Thane, India

The Jewish Community of India has a vibrant past, and its roots can be traced back almost two thousand years. Since 1948, the Jewish population of the country has declined steadily, as over 60,000 Indian Jews moved to Israel. Today, only 5,000 Jews remain in India, but the community remains well-represented in all facets of Indian life.

The city of Thane, located close to Mumbai, is home to 1,500 Jews, the largest community in the country. Its synagogue, built in 1879, offers daily prayer services, Torah and Hebrew classes, singing and folk dance sessions, a youth club, and a choral group. A new community center adjoining the synagogue was recently added, for which the Edmond J. Safra Foundation provided assistance.

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