Delhi is the traditional and present day capital of India and is the third largest city of the world. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of India, and has neighborhoods in Old
Delhi which date back to the 1600’s.
This bustling capital, is very much a symbol of developing, modern India, but scattered throughout the city are testaments to Delhi’s intriguing past. The imposing relics of the city’s Mughal past remain central to the old and new city’s structures and are a wonderful introduction to the architectural splendors of northern India. The designation of New Delhi as the British capital in 1911 heralded the construction of wide tree-lined streets and colonial architecture designed by Lutyens. Open parkland and imposing colonial buildings are connected by a series of vast boulevards that contrast markedly with the winding alleys of Old Delhi.
Jews have lived in India since ancient times, and their communities are even mentioned in the Talmud. Traces of the first Jewish arrivals in India are still visible in the country’s southern state of Kerala and economic hub of Mumbai. Jews in India are officially regarded as a religious minority, with only around 5000 members, of which the majority live in Mumbai.
The capital city of Delhi today is home to a small community of about 10 Jewish families and most of its Jewish population is floating. In addition, about 100-150 diplomats from Israel, US and UK visit the synagogue regularly and every Friday, about 20-25 people attend the Sabbath service.