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Beth-el Synagogue, Kolkata, built in 1856

by on Jan.31, 2015, under The Truth Is In Here

About half a mile from the Magen David and Neveh Shalome synagogues is Beth-el Synagogue.

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Temple Beth-el Synagogue, Kolkata, built 1856
Temple Beth-el Synagogue, Kolkata, built 1856
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exterior wall plaque near main entrance
exterior wall plaque near main entrance
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David Joseph Ezra, one of the first Baghdadi Jews to arrive in Kolkata
David Joseph Ezra, one of the first Baghdadi Jews to arrive in Kolkata
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Shalome Obadiah Ha-Cohen, founder of the Kolkata Jewish community, arrived in 1798 from Syria.
Shalome Obadiah Ha-Cohen, founder of the Kolkata Jewish community, arrived in 1798 from Syria.
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The Jewish Cemetery on Narkeldanga Road, mentioned here, is still in existence
The Jewish Cemetery on Narkeldanga Road, mentioned here, is still in existence
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Rachel Sofaer, screen name Arati Devi, was a Bengali ("Tollywood") silent film star in the 1930s.
Rachel Sofaer, screen name Arati Devi, was a Bengali ("Tollywood") silent film star in the 1930s.
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Esther Victoria Abraham, screen name Pramila, was a Bollywood star in the 1930s and 40s and was the first Miss India, as was her daughter Naqi Jahan.
Esther Victoria Abraham, screen name Pramila, was a Bollywood star in the 1930s and 40s and was the first Miss India, as was her daughter Naqi Jahan.
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World famous 1930's magician Eddie Joseph
World famous 1930's magician Eddie Joseph
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Novelist and playwright R.J. Minney, artist and sculptor Gerry Judah, Tears for Fears drummer Manny Elias and British tennis star Rina Einy, were all Kolkata-born Baghdadi Jews.
Novelist and playwright R.J. Minney, artist and sculptor Gerry Judah, Tears for Fears drummer Manny Elias and British tennis star Rina Einy, were all Kolkata-born Baghdadi Jews.
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