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Gate of Mercy Synagogue, Mumbai Overview

Also known as Gate of Mercy Synagogue and Juni Masjid, Shaar Harahamim Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Mumbai which was established in 1796 by Samaji Hasaji Divekar. Originally the synagogue was built near Esplanade in South Mumbai but was later remodelled and relocated to Mandvi in 1860. The synagogue, although has a small congregation, yet it maintains an active 6:00 AM service daily. With a capacity to accommodate 300 devotees, Gate of Mercy maintains an active status amidst the bustling neighborhood of Bombay, and on special holy days, the number of worshippers exceeds the limit. The synagogue also has Mikvah (bath) where the devotees can cleanse and purify themselves of sins. Besides, the interior walls of the building are adorned with Stars of David which were added in the 1990s and a distinguished inscription mark. The neighbourhood around the synagogue is also colloquially called Israeli Mohalla.

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