Founded by Jacob Elias Sasson, a Jewish merchant in 1884 is a synagogue located in Maharashtra known as Knesset Eliyahoo. This “Synagogue” is situated in Mumbai, and is considered to be the “second oldest Sephardic Jew shrine in the city that never sleeps”. This synagogue was designed by an architectural firm belonging to the United Kingdom called “Gostling and Morris”. Furthermore, a sanctuary found inside this synagogue faces the west in the direction of Jerusalem. In addition, the overall architecture of this synagogue combines Jewish, Indian and British colonial influences.
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a. How to reach Knesset Eliyahoo
Knesset Eliyahoo Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this “Synagogue” is located in Mumbai Central. The Mumbai Central Railway Station is well connected to major cities situated on the western railway line.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this synagogue then the ideal starting points would be Pune, Thane, Kalyan, and Navi Mumbai.
- Via Pune:
There is one route from Pune to this synagogue, and it is via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Pune Highway.
- Via Thane:
There are two routes from Thane to this synagogue, and it is via Eastern Express Highway/Mumbai Agra National Highway and Eastern Exp.
- Via Kalyan:
There is one route from Kalyan to this synagogue, and it is via Eastern Express Highway/Mumbai Agra National Highway.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this synagogue, and it is via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Pandharpur Road/Mumbai-Pune Highway/Sion Panvel Exp and Eastern Exp and via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pandharpur Road/Mumbai Pune Highway/Sion Panvel Exp.
3. By air:
The nearest domestic airport to this synagogue is located in the suburb of Ville Parle/ Santa Cruz while, the international airport is located in Sahar. Both the international and domestic are well connected to major cities and countries respectively.
c. Religious significance of the Knesset Eliyahoo
During the 17th century many people belonging to the Jew community (mostly merchants) from countries such as Iraq, Syria etc discovered that the city Mumbai (then Bombay) was ideally suited for the lucrative business of trading. Hence people belonging to the Jew community from such countries began slowly settling down in this country. It was during this period that a Jew merchant family called the “Sasson’s” arrived in the city bustling with commercial activities. Furthermore, it was then that Sir Jacob Elias Sasson, the first baronet belonging to the “Sasson Family” who constructed this synagogue which was named “Knesset Eliyahoo”.