Kolkata's Jewish Synagogues sum-up as the important architectural heirlooms from the colonial period in Kolkata. IF you are really looking forward for an historical and cultural treat then include this astonishing tour on your must-visit list right away! We visit below historic and beautiful synagogues in Kolkata: 1. Neveh Shalome Synagogue: The first Baghdadi prayer house in India was formed out of a converted residence. It was Built in 1831, later in 1912 the synagogue was rebuilt again, with fairly simple interiors. 2. Maghen David synagogue: Believed to be Built in 1884, this is in fact one of India’s grandest and largest synagogue whose architectural brilliance will bewilder you, once inside. 3. Beth El Synagogue: Its impressive blue and white interior is lined with imposing columns, decorated with stained-glass clerestories, intricate wood work and antique glass chandeliers.
Enjoy a guided tour of Kolkata’s historic Synagogues. Learn about the history of the ancient Synagogues that have stood tall for so long in Kolkata. Stop at 115 year old Jewish Bakery. Don’t miss Jewish Heritage tour of Kolkata.
Neveh Shalom Synagogue was the first synagogue ever to be built in Kolkata by the Baghdadi Jews. The synagogue was originally built in the year 1831 to meet the needs of growing Jewish population in Kolkata. Originally designed as simply a prayer hall, after about sixty years it was found to be too small and so was demolished. In it’s place came up the magnificent Magen David Synagogue, which is currently also one of Asia’s largest synagogue. Though the Neveh Shalom Synagogue got replaced by another bigger synagogue, people were still nostalgic about it and in the year 1911 it was rebuilt right next to the Magen David Synagogue. Much simpler in design, the synagogue is more like a prayer hall and is literally a catalogue of Jews in the city. The population of Jews in the city is close to nil, so the synagogue is hardly ever used for prayers now, except on special occasion when Jews often come from Israel to offer prayers. It’s actually the funds from these patrons which keeps the place alive even today.
The Jewish Cemetery in Kolkata (Calcutta) houses two genizot, the older one is sealed off, as it was filled to capacity, but the new one still towers above the graves of the Jewish Cemetery. According to historical records, the first recorded Jewish immigrant to Kolkata (Calcutta) was Shalon Cohen in 1798 from Aleppo in present day Syria, soon the Jewish community in the city started to grow. The first recorded Jewish death in the city happened on 1st Jan. 1812 and the community needed a cemetery as the deceased Hacham Moses needed to be buried. Today the Jewish Cemetery on the Narkelgdanga Main Road is still active and contains hundreds of graves but sadly the graves of Moses or Cohen can no longer be traced. Some records suggest the presence of another private Jewish Cemetery in the nearby 24, U. C. Banrejee Road, but it probably no longer exists.
Magen David (or the "Shield of David") Synagogue is located at the junction of Brabourne Road and Canning Street (Biplabi Rashbehari Road) in Kolkata. Magen David is the second operating synagogue in Kolkata, the being the Beth El Synagogue at Pollock Street. The synagogue was built in 1884 by Elias David Ezra in memory of his father David Joseph Ezra, who made his fortune in the real estate trade of Kolkata. Elias David Joseph Ezra is associated with some of the well known buildings of Kolkata including Esplanade Mansion, Ezra Mansion and Chowringhee Mansion. Ezra Street is also named after him. The synagogue is built in the Italian Renaissance style with a brick red finish. The entrance to the synagogue compound is hidden behind makeshift stalls selling hairclips and other trinkets. The Magen David Synagogue is approached through an arched door, containing the hexagonal "Star of David" and Hebrew inscription. The two side walls contains memorial plaques dedicated to the well known Jews of Calcutta (Kolkata). Although the services of the Magen David Synagogue have long stopped, the interior is astonishingly well maintained. The chequered marble floor, gleaming chandeliers, stained glass windows and ornate floral pillars shipped from Paris enhance its Continental look. The ark of the Magen David Synagogue is set into the walls of an apse. The star-studded half dome of the apse represents the heavens. The large plaque above the middle section of the ark contains the Ten Commandments. It also contains several other Hebrew inscription along with several other items of Jewish Iconography, including the seven branched lamp stand of the menorah. High above the wall opposite the ark is a beautiful stained glass rose window. At the centre of the hall is the bimah, the raised platform from which the Torah was read. Two sets of stairs from either side of the hall lead to the upper balconies, reserved for women.
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.
Knesset Eliyahu is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue located in downtown Mumbai, India. It is the city's second oldest Sephardic synagogue. It was established in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon, son of Eliyahoo David Sassoon and grandson of David Sassoon; the latter had immigrated from Baghdad to India in 1832 due to persecution and had settled in Mumbai, then known as Bombay. It is maintained by the Jacob Sassoon Trust. The building's significance is attributed to its Jewish traditions as well as Indian and English colonial influences. It was designed by the British architectural firm Gostling & Morris of Bombay. The basement part of the edifice is built in stone masonry and the superstructure is built in brick masonry. The exterior facade of the synagogue is painted turquoise. The sanctuary within the interior of the building is in western direction, towards Jerusalem. Photo Attribution: World Monuments Fund
Introduction to Jewish Kolkata Jewish Kolkata is a city with a rich and diverse Jewish history. For centuries, Jewish people have lived in the city, bringing their culture and traditions to the bustling metropolis. From the Jewish Quarter of Bowbazar to famous Jewish figures who have left an indelible mark on Kolkata's cultural identity, there is much to explore when it comes to this unique aspect of Indian heritage. This article will take you through a journey of discovery as we uncover the Jewish roots of Kolkata and explore some of its most important sites, people, and places associated with its Jewish past. Let us begin our exploration into one of India's most fascinating cities! [caption id="attachment_46413" align="alignnone" width="1599"] Kolkata | Attribution: © Vyacheslav Argenberg / http://www.vascoplanet.com/, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Jewish Culture and History in Kolkata Early Jewish Life in Kolkata Jewish people have been living in Kolkata for centuries, with the earliest Jewish settlers arriving in the city as early as 1798. These pioneers of Jewish life were mostly Baghdadi Jews who had come from Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. They quickly established a thriving Jewish community, setting up businesses and places of worship such as synagogues. Life for these early Jewish settlers was hard but rewarding, with many finding success through their entrepreneurial spirit and industriousness. Despite facing prejudice and discrimination from some quarters, they managed to persevere and build a strong sense of Jewish identity within the city's diverse population. Jewish people in Kolkata have been contributing to the city's economy and culture for centuries. They quickly established businesses in various sectors such as trade, banking, manufacturing, and retail. They also contributed significantly to social development projects such as education initiatives for Jewish children and support for Jewish refugees who had fled persecution elsewhere. Their hard work enabled them to thrive despite the prejudice they faced from some quarters. It is clear that Jews played an important role in helping Kolkata become what it is today - a vibrant metropolis full of opportunity where cultures mix and mingle freely. Recent and Contemporary Jewish Life in Kolkata Jewish life in Kolkata today is a vibrant mix of Jewish traditions and modern culture. Jewish people continue to play an important role in the city's economy and culture, though their numbers have dwindled over the years. Today, there are approximately 3,000 Jews living in Kolkata, most of whom live in the Jewish Quarter of Bowbazar. The Jewish community here is close-knit and supportive, with multiple synagogues providing spiritual guidance for those who seek it. Despite its small size, this community has a strong sense of identity which can be seen through its commitment to preserving Jewish customs such as celebrating Shabbat each week or observing traditional holidays like Passover. In addition to its religious practices, members of the Jewish community also actively participate in cultural events hosted by other religions or organizations within Kolkata - evidence that they remain firmly embedded within India's melting pot society today. Iconic Attractions and Events in Kolkata The Jewish Quarter in Kolkata The Jewish Quarter in Kolkata is a testament to the vibrant Jewish heritage of the city. Located in the heart of Kolkata, this area has been home to Jewish people for centuries and is filled with places of Jewish cultural and religious importance. The Jewish Quarter consists of several synagogues, schools, cemeteries, shops, and other establishments that are frequented by Jews from all over India. It is also home to some famous Jewish figures who lived or died in the city such as Sir Elijah Moses Mocatta and Rabbi Solomon David Sassoon. Visitors can explore this quarter's rich history through its various monuments and buildings which have been preserved since colonial times. A visit to the Jewish Quarter will provide an insight into Kolkata's fascinating past while allowing visitors to experience its unique culture firsthand. Neveh Shalome Synagogue The Neveh Shalome Synagogue is a Jewish place of worship located in the Jewish Quarter of Kolkata. Built in 1884, it is one of the oldest synagogues in India and has been an important part of Jewish life since then. As one of the few surviving Jewish monuments in Kolkata, this synagogue is a reminder to all visitors about Jewish history and culture. It serves as a spiritual home for many Jews living in Kolkata today and continues to be used for religious services on certain days throughout the year. The synagogue also hosts special events such as lectures, concerts, and exhibitions that celebrate Jewish heritage and culture. Visitors can explore its rich interior filled with artifacts from different eras that tell stories about Jewish life over time. A visit to Neveh Shalome Synagogue will provide insight into the unique history and culture of Jews living in Kolkata today while allowing visitors to experience its beauty firsthand. [caption id="attachment_46407" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Neveh shalome synagogue | Attribution: Santanu072, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Jewish Cemetery of Kolkata The Jewish Cemetery of Kolkata is a historic landmark that serves as a reminder of the Jewish community's long history in the city. Located near the Jewish Quarter, this cemetery dates back to 1864 and contains hundreds of graves that tell stories about Jewish life in Kolkata through the years. It is an important site for many Jews living in Kolkata today, providing them with a place to remember their ancestors and reflect on their culture. The cemetery also hosts several events throughout the year which celebrate Jewish heritage, such as lectures and exhibitions highlighting Jewish contributions to local society. A visit to this cemetery will allow visitors to explore its rich history while gaining insight into Jewish life in modern-day Kolkata. Jewish Cementery of Kolkata | Attribution: Rangan Datta Wiki, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Popular Purim Carnival and Masquerade Ball The Jewish community of Kolkata celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim each year with a grand carnival and masquerade ball. This popular event is held at various locations around the city, attracting both Jewish and non-Jewish people alike. The carnival features traditional Jewish food, music, dance performances, games and activities for children, as well as costume competitions that bring out some of the most creative costumes from participants. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of attractions such as art installations, puppet shows and magicians to keep them entertained throughout the day. At nightfall, the festivities culminate in an extravagant Masquerade Ball where guests can dress up in elaborate costumes inspired by their favorite characters from Jewish folklore and literature. The Purim Carnival and Masquerade Ball provides an opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate Jewish culture while having fun doing so! Iconic Personalities of Kolkata Sir David Sassoon Sir David Sassoon was a Jewish businessman and philanthropist who left an indelible mark on the city of Kolkata. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he moved to India as a young man and quickly established himself as one of the most successful traders in the region. He used his wealth to give back to the Jewish community by building factories, schools, hospitals and other institutions that helped improve Jewish life in Kolkata. In addition to providing economic opportunities for Jewish families, Sir David also supported Jewish culture through his patronage of Jewish festivals such as Purim Carnival and Masquerade Ball. His legacy lives on today through these institutions which continue to serve people from all backgrounds living in this vibrant city. Sir David Sassoon passed away at his home in Kolkata at the age of 91 after living there for over 70 years. David Sassoon | Attribution: Arnold Wright, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a Jewish writer from a Polish-Jewish background living in India when she won two Academy Awards for her screenplays ‘A Room With A View’ (1985) and ‘Howards End’ (1992). She was one of the first female authors to win this prestigious award while writing about Indian cinema with its unique history intertwined with Jewish culture. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's life and works are closely linked to the city of Kolkata, where she spent many years researching Jewish culture and discovering stories that would later become part of her work. Her writings shed light on Jewish identity in India during a time when it wasn't easy to be different or express oneself freely. Through her work, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala not only made an impact on Jewish communities in Kolkata but also around the world. Although Ruth Prawer Jhabvala passed away in 2013 at the age of 85 in New York City, she will always be remembered for her contributions to both Indian and Jewish culture throughout her life. [caption id="attachment_46411" align="alignnone" width="640"] Ruth Prawer Jhabvala | Attribution: Gotfryd, Bernard, photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Summary of Kolkata's Jewish Story Jewish culture in Kolkata is a unique and fascinating story of struggle, success, and resilience. From Sir David Sassoon to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the city has been home to Jewish figures who have left an indelible mark on both Jewish life and Indian cinema alike. Today, visitors can explore this rich history by visiting places like the Jewish Quarter or attending events such as Purim Carnival & Masquerade Ball which celebrate Jewish culture while having fun doing so! Whether you’re interested in learning more about how Jews lived during British rule or discovering stories of iconic Jewish personalities from India’s past, Kolkata offers something for everyone looking to uncover its Jewish roots.
Introduction to Jewish Samarkand Samarkand, a city located in Uzbekistan on the ancient Silk Road, has been home to Jewish people for centuries. Its rich and diverse history is deeply intertwined with its vibrant Jewish culture, which can still be seen today in its architecture, synagogues, mosques, mausoleums and monuments dedicated to famous figures from Samarkand's past. This article will explore how Jews have shaped this city over time and what it means to experience modern-day Jewish life in Samarkand. It will also provide an overview of places of cultural and religious importance for those wishing to discover this unique part of Central Asia’s history as well as introduce some of the famous Jewish figures who lived or died there. [caption id="attachment_46387" align="alignnone" width="960"] Historic Holy Cemetery of Shahi Zinda in Samarkand, Uzbekistan | MehmetO via Canva[/caption] Jewish Culture and History in Samarkand Early Jewish Life in Samarkand When Timur-Leng, the Turco-Mongol conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire in and around modern-day Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia, made Samarkand the capital of his empire. He brought there many thousands of carpet weavers, silk dyers, artisans, and merchants from many cities he had conquered, and among them some Jews and Christians from Kurdistan and Northern Syria. In Samarkand, the Jewish deportees adopted the Eastern Persian idiom of the local Jewish (and Muslim) inhabitants. Those Jews, who shaped the character of the community, would much later be known as “Bukharan Jews.” The term “Bukharan Jews” refers to the Central Asian Jews of the khanate of Bukhara, those of Samarkand, and the Ferghana Valley. Today, the region is divided between the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The majority of Bukharan Jews live in the Uzbek cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent, and Kokand, in Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe, and in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek. Also, a large number of Bukharan Jews have made aliyah and have congregated in Jerusalem. [caption id="attachment_46388" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Shrine of Timur in Samarkand, Uzbekistan | Willard84, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Nowadays, the Jews of Central Asia are either “Bukharan” because they are descendants of the former subjects of the Emir of Bukhara, or else they are Ashkenazi Jews who settled there in the Russian Imperial period beginning in the 1860s, with the addition of political deportees in the Soviet period and Polish refugees who were fleeing Hitler. Recent Jewish Life in Samarkand In territories under direct Russian rule, Jews enjoyed personal liberties and economic opportunities unheard of under the ancient régime. Jewish families made big fortunes on trade with Russia proper, India, Persia, and Western Europe. The growth of the community attracted immigrants from Meshhed (Muslim crypto-Jews) and Afghanistan, where in 1885, the government confiscated the property of 250 Jews and expelled them, with their families, to Termez, wherefrom they proceeded to Samarkand. It also attracted Baha’is from Persia, some of whom were former converts from Judaism. [caption id="attachment_46386" align="alignnone" width="640"] Jewish Children with their Teacher in Samarkand | | Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] In 1889, the new wave of immigration from Samarkand to the Holy Land began, being thus the third “modern” wave of ‘aliyah in the 1880s. In 1891, a new neighborhood—Rehoboth, or Rehoboth ha-Bukharim—arose in Jerusalem, with some 500 persons participating in the project. The neighborhood would evolve into the famous Bukharan Quarter of New Jerusalem, a beautifully built area with “palaces” of rich merchant families. Jews in Modern-Day Samarkand Approximately 4,200 Jews remain in Uzbekistan, mainly in Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, the major Jewish cultural centers. The Jewish Agency, Chabad and the Joint Distribution Committee are the most visible Jewish organizations in the country, providing Jewish education through schools and summer camps. The Jewish Agency sponsors a moadon (youth center) in several cities, including Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and some smaller cities in the Fergana Valley, like Andijan. In July 2001, more than 250 children attended the Jewish Agency's summer seminar on the outskirts of the capital, Tashkent, a 10-day lesson on Israel and Judaism. The campers, ages 10-16, came from all over Uzbekistan (which is slightly larger than California). And while their knowledge of Jewish topics ranged widely, they all shared a Jewish identity, singing Hebrew songs, baking challah and drawing pictures of the Kotel. Some even spoke Hebrew, others kept kosher and rested on Shabbat. Most Uzbek Jews today speak Russian. Historically, they spoke a Jewish dialect of Tajik which is still spoken in Bukhara and Samarkand. In addition, some speak English, Hebrew and Uzbek. Unfortunately, among adults, there is little mixing between Ashkenazim and Bukharim. About 2,000 Jews live in Samarkand today and some of the top Jewish attractions include a synagogue, the old Jewish quarter, and a Jewish cemetery. [caption id="attachment_46389" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jewish Quarter in Samarkand, Uzbekistan | Uzbek Travel https://uzbek-travel.com[/caption] Iconic Attractions and Events in Samarkand The Jewish Quarter The Jewish Quarter of Samarkand is a vibrant and bustling area that has been home to the city’s Jewish population for centuries. Located in the heart of the city, it is full of synagogues, religious schools, and other places of worship that celebrate this unique cultural identity. The quarter also houses some of Samarkand's most important monuments dedicated to famous figures from its past such as Alexander Sverdlin and Shimon Dubnov. Visitors will find an abundance of restaurants offering traditional Uzbek cuisine as well as shops selling handmade crafts by local artisans – all within easy reach from this historic neighborhood. It’s no wonder why so many people flock to experience what it means to discover a timeless legacy in Samarkand today! The Gumbaz Synagogue The Gumbaz Synagogue is the only Jewish landmark inside the city, and it dates back to the end of the nineteenth century, specifically to the year 1891. This Jewish landmark is characterized by being influenced by the Islamic architecture surrounding it, and added wonderful decorations and mosaics on its walls and domes, and made the merging of European and Islamic details of the building a matter. Very unique and an important tourist attraction. Visitors to the synagogue will also find pictures of former rabbis, Stars of David, carved doors, and much more. Learn more. [caption id="attachment_46385" align="alignnone" width="900"] Gumbaz Synagogue in Samarkand, Uzbekistan | Demerzel21 via Canva[/caption] Gumbaz Synagogue in Samarkand, Uzbekistan | Demerzel21 via Canva The Tomb of Daniel The Tomb of Daniel reputedly holds the remains of the Old Testament prophet Daniel, revered by Muslims, Jews and Christians alike – although only Christians regard him as a prophet. As legend has it, Timur tried to conquer modern day Syria, but successively failed – apparently because the body of Daniel was preventing his success. [caption id="attachment_46390" align="alignnone" width="800"] Tomb of Daniel in Samarkand, Uzbekistan | Vaurien, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The Samarkand Jewish Food Festival The Samarkand Jewish Food Festival is an annual celebration of the city's rich and vibrant Jewish culture, where visitors can sample a variety of delicious dishes that have been prepared according to traditional recipes. Held in the heart of the city's Jewish Quarter, this popular event draws people from far and wide who come to savor a range of authentic cuisine. From succulent meats cooked over open fires to sweet treats made with honey and almonds, there is something for everyone at this mouth-watering festival! Visitors can also enjoy live music performances while they eat, making it a truly unique experience. Whether you're looking for a taste of history or just want some delicious food, the Samarkand Jewish Food Festival has it all! Iconic Personalities of Samarkand Alexander Sverdlin Alexander Sverdlin was a Jewish scholar and rabbi who lived in Samarkand during the 18th century. He is best known for his contributions to Jewish thought and culture, which helped shape the city into what it is today. As one of the most influential figures in Samarkand's history, Sverdlin wrote extensively on topics such as Talmud and Torah studies, religious law, philosophy, ethics, and literature. His works were widely read throughout Europe at the time and laid the foundations for modern Judaism around the world. He also founded a school in Samarkand that taught students from all backgrounds about Jewish faith, culture, and tradition – an institution that continues to thrive centuries later. To this day Alexander Sverdlin remains an important figure in Samarkand’s vibrant Jewish community; his legacy lives on through those who continue to practice their faith there. Shimon Dubnov Shimon Dubnov is an important figure in the history of Samarkand's Jewish community. He was born into a prominent family in the city and went on to become a renowned scholar, author, historian, and philosopher. Dubnov wrote extensively about Jewish culture and tradition, particularly focusing on the Silk Road area where he spent much of his life. His works helped shape modern Judaism around the world by introducing new ideas about religion, ethics, philosophy, and literature. Dubnov also founded several schools in Samarkand that taught students from all backgrounds about their faith – institutions that still exist today! Shimon Dubnov was instrumental in preserving Jewish heritage during difficult times for Jews around the world; he remains an integral part of Samarkand’s vibrant past and present. Summary of Samarkand’s Jewish Story Samarkand is home to a vibrant and long-standing Jewish community that has helped shape the city’s culture for centuries. From the Tomb of Daniel, an important pilgrimage site for Jews around the world, to the annual Samarkand Jewish Food Festival where visitors can sample traditional cuisine, there are plenty of opportunities to experience something truly special while visiting this historic city. Notable figures like Alexander Sverdlin and Shimon Dubnov have also left their mark on Samarkand's history; they remain integral parts of its present-day identity as well. Whether you're interested in learning more about Judaism or just want to explore some fascinating places with unique cultures, Samarkand should be at the top of your list!
Our business life, which started in Sultanahmet, the most visited touristic region of Istanbul in 1987, continues with the opening of our hotel in December 2021. Our hotel, located in Sultanahmet, at Actor Sokak No:26, is within walking distance of the most visited museums, mosques, churches, parks and performance areas in the historical peninsula. You can visit thousands of hundreds of years old structures, museums and open spaces that have hosted different cultures in about five minutes by walking through the narrow streets filled with nostalgia-filled historical houses. Places you can visit after leaving your hotel throughout the day: Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Blue Mosque, Hürrem Sultan Bath, Theodosius Obelisk, German Fountain, Million Stones, Yerabatan Cistern, Gülhane Park, Beyazıt Square, Grand Bazaar. Our hotel is close to the tram stop in Sultanahmet, making it easier for you to visit touristic spots in more distant areas. For those who want to join the Bosphorus tour, which is one of the must-do activities in Istanbul, Ahırkapı Pier is only a few minutes' walk from our hotel. Yenikapı Event area, where various shows, social events and concerts are held, is only 10 minutes away by taxi. You can choose our hotel for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday in a classically restored mansion in the heart of Istanbul, which has hosted civilizations throughout history.
The building was made from wood at the end of 18th century and it is situated at Sultanahmet quarter, which is at the core of the old Istanbul, the capital city of three great civilizations. The Sultanahmet Mosque and it’s social complex, the Sultanahmet square, where the building is situated, are surrounded by the Great Palace constructed during the Byzantine Empire era. The garden wall of the Great Palace is surviving today; you can take your breakfast at the shadow of the Great Palace wall at the Hotel Turkish House Sultanahmet; during the reconstruction of the hotel, structure remnants dating from the late Byzantine early Ottoman era were found; they were taken under protection as first degree archeological remnants and offered to the appreciation of hotel guests, being visible under a glass corridor. The historical building was reconstructed in traditional wood carcass system and architectural style, as in the original structure. The traditional “lath and plaster” technique is made through hammering wood lath on wood carcass with lime mortar. Wall and floor panels made with İznik tiles, which is a traditional Turkish art, bordures as well as ceramics are used in the building. Again wall motifs called “hand-drawn”, an Ottoman Turkish hand craft are drawn by artists. Stone wall technique is performed in the garden with original “Khorasan Coating”, “the marble of Marmara” is used in the bathrooms. The traditional wooden Turkish house built at Sultanahmet, Istanbul is an historical cultural asset, which should be preserved; the Hotel shall provide accommodation for its guests as a boutique hotel under the name of Hotel Turkish House Sultanahmet.
Matan Baseter, one of the oldest institutions of the Turkish Jewish Community in terms of social assistance and solidarity, has contributed to the proper and honorable life of thousands of people/ family in need for more than a century. This helping hand, which has extended to those in need since 1917, took its place in a roof organization that includes other social services as well as Matan Baseter as a result of an evolutionary process that will catch up with the new generation today: YAD. ‘YAD’ means ‘EL’ in Hebrew. In a sense in Turkish, 'EL' means foreigner. At the same time, ‘EL’ is the hand extended for help. It reminds you of always being ready to help. For this reason, the purpose of YAD's existence is to provide opportunities to ensure the continuity and sustainability of Jewish life (society), to improve the opportunities for those in need in our society to lead a respectable life, to make them feel happy, to reach and touch them, to take care to help.
King Solomon Restaurant, the oldest kosher restaurant in the Czech Republic, offers the very best of traditional Jewish cuisine from Central and Eastern Europe. We welcome you to discover for yourself the pleasure of dining with the very best in kosher culinary experiences. After over 10 years in the market, we have established a world-renowned reputation for excellent cuisine in the charming neighborhood of the Jewish Quarter of Prague. We offer only the best from our Czech breeders – veal, fallow deer, lamb and A class kosher chicken. Poultry of the highest quality is imported from the top breeders in France, Belgium and Austria. Many of our standard meats and ingredients also carry bio certificates or „highest quality of origin" certificates. Fish (preferably local) is served fresh. We are strongly opposed to mass killings of breeds and we do not support wasteful usage of resources to transport products from around the globe. On our menu you will find many traditional Jewish dishes from our region, such as Golden chicken broth with matzoh dumpling and almonds, Gefilte fish in vinegar jelly with grated beetroot, Veal Kishke tripe filled skins, Duck leg baked in soulet, Lamb in thick carrot sauce, Deer back with latkes, Homemade breads or great oriental salads like Houmous, Tahini or Matboucha. We invite you to enjoy King Solomon Kosher Restaurant for intimate family celebrations, business meetings or casual get-togethers over a glass of wine. Our top priority is to provide our guests with the best possible service and we take pride in indulging your palate! King Solomon Restaurant, located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter of Prague, has built a distinguished reputation with its customers, thanks to its superior foods and excellent services. Our clients choose to dine here because they appreciate the great taste and healthy benefits of our meals in comparison with more commonly accessible foods. Our products and services, which were first introduced to the market in 1993, are desired by both religious and nonreligious customers alike. Guests return time after time for our meals due to the natural, kosher way of processing poultry, veal, turkey, and other meats. We are the first and only restaurant in the Czech and Slovak Republics which brings premium products from its very own breeders. All our other products are only imported from the best in their specific fields, entirely kosher and whenever possible, organic. We offer only the best products from the best locations. Our Purpose in Kashrut Samson Kosher Food Corporation Ltd. has two rabbis on staff, more than you will find in other Czech and Slovak producers. We are proud to be the only processers of kosher meat who, by following strictly observed rules, monitor the sharpness of the knife every six minutes. A team of mashgichim are in charge of overseeing production in our processing plants. All our shochtim and mashgichim are Bney Torah and have studied for many years in the most famous Yeshivas. Our Mission Our mission is not an easy one: it is to offer you the very best kosher foods and products, combined with the best services, and to go so far as to deliver to your doorstep. It is an honor for our employees to provide these services to you and they are ready to meet your needs at any time. Do not hesitate to ask about anything! Only within our company will you find such a wide range of organic products, variety of meats, homemade baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as delicatessen and much more – all kosher of course!
DINITZ Kosher Hospitality operate the FIRST & ONLY Kosher Restaurants in Prague fully approved and Constantly supervised by the chief rabbinate of Czech Republic. Dinitz has been setting the standars leading Prague Kosher scenary for several years, it's the most popular kosher restaurant in Prague among local Jews & even non Jewish guests not without reason. With an excellent value for money ratio allowing all guests to enjoy kosher food in Prague & a special culinary experience. A bit off the main footfall paths, this little Jewish jewel serves also vistors who seek keeping kosher in Prague, this is the place to meet local community members while enjoying a kosher vacation in Prague. Look at our certificate guaranteeing a stricktly GLATT KOSHER place for you. Just Behind the Spanish Synagogue & at a short walking distance to all Syangogues in Prague. We Offering MEAT & PARVE dishes, take away, delivery and Kosher Catering services. FRIDAY Festive Dinner is the best value 'Shabbes Meal in Prague' - an ALL Inclusive Royal feast in Prague : 4 course meal, Wine for kidush & our own home baked Challa breads for all guests & unlimited soft drinks Draught Beer, all inclusive DeLuxe menu for just 875czk. (aprox: 35 U$D - 22GBP - 29Euro)
La Veranda strives to bring a homey and comfortable feel to its restaurant in both the atmosphere and its dishes. By following a "Happy Meal" philosophy, the chefs work to not only provide customers with the tastiest dishes, but also leave them feeling happy and satisfied. Some of their unique menu items include pumpkin risotto, roasted duck liver, and sea bass with calamari. They also have several dessert specials such as roasted pineapple with gingerbread, cinnamon foam, gingerbread ice cream, and pineapple gel with Malibu! La Veranda is located just in the outskirts of Prague’s Old Town and is a top choice among both locals and tourists that you don't want to miss out on.
There are seven Mama Coffee cafes in Prague, making it one of the city's finest coffeehouse chains with quality service and products. The coffee beans they use come from a fair trade practice and are processed in a local European roastery, ensuring the freshest coffee for their customers. Mama Coffee is a perfect place to stop for a warm cup of coffee and one of their several delicious pastries that are baked fresh daily. In 2011, Mama Coffee initiated the Prague Coffee Festival which today remains the largest coffee based event in Eastern Europe. This is a perfect place to stop by and relax after a long day exploring the city or even in the morning to sit and enjoy your first cup of coffee.