Beth El Synagogue


The Beth El Synagogye is a long established synagogue serving the Jewish community of Kolkata since the 19th century. It was built in 1856 by David Joseph Ezra and Ezekiel Judah and its style reveals a mix between classic British traditional Baghdadi-Jewish architecture. Beth El (Hebrew for House of God) was financed by Baghdadi Jews David Joseph Ezra and Ezekiel Judah in 1856, before being expanded by community member Elias Shalom Gubbay in 1885 to accommodate Kolkata’s growing Jewish population. Significantly, the architectural style of the synagogue is reminiscent of British and apparently “un-Indian and sometimes Christian” architecture. Yet, it still maintains quintessential symbols of Judaism and Baghdadi/Sephardic Jewish symbols in particular.