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Home > Synagogues - European side of the Bosphorus – North of the Golden Horn

Synagogues - European side of the Bosphorus – North of the Golden Horn

The Neve Shalom Synagogue
Built and opened in 1951 and the scene of a tragic terrorist attack in 1986, it is the largest synagogue in Istanbul where most of the religious ceremonies are held. The Neve Shalom is open to the public for morning visits during the weekdays and for Shabbat prayers every Saturday morning.

Contact : The Neve Shalom Foundation
Phone : 0-212-292 03 86


The Ashkenazi Synagogue
Located near the Galata Tower, it is the only active Ashkenazi Synagogue open to visits and prayers. Founded by Ashkenazim of Austrian origin in 1900, it is the last remaining synagogue among a total of three built by Ashkenazim. Visits con be made during weekday mornings and for Shabbat services on Saturday mornings.

Contact : The Ashkenazi Syn. Foundation
Phone : 0-212-243 69 09 or 0-212-244 29 75


Italian Synagogue (Kal de los Frankos)
Built by the "Comunita Israelitico-Italiana di Istanbul" in 1931. This Synagogue has been rebuilt when the one initially built in the late 1800's was torn down and it is active since then. Only open for Shabbat prayers on Saturday mornings, it can be visited during weekday mornings as well.

Contact : The Italian Synagogue Foundation
Phone : 0-212-293 77 84


Maalem Synagogue
Located in the northern slopes of the Golden Horn near the Old Age Home in Haskoy, it is the only remaining one of the many synagogues of the area since the 1960's. It is open for visits only during weekdays and Shabbat Services are held regularly.

Contact : Mr. Tastasa
Phone : 0-212-225 28 78


Bet Israel Synagogue
Located in Sisli and part of the Neve-Shalom Foundation, it was initially built in the 1920's and enlarged into its present size in the early 1950's due to the majority of the Jewish population moving to that area. The most populated and active Synagogue today, the Bet-Israel can be both visited or joined for prayers after taking necessary appointments.

Contact : The Neve Shalom Foundation
Phone : 0-212-293 62 23 or 0-212-244 15 76


Etz Ahayim Synagogue
Located in Ortakoy, near the European leg of the Bosphorus Bridge. When the previous synagogue burned down in 1941 with only the marble Aron-ha-Kodesh remaining, the new synagogue was rebuilt on the location of the then midrash. Visits can be made with previous appointments and both weekday and Shabbat services can be attended likewise.

Contact : The Ortakoy Syn. Foundation
Phone : 0-212-260 18 96


Yenikoy Synagogue
Located in the north of the Bosphorus in the area called Yenikoy where the Jewish population is lately increasing, this Synagogue, said to be built by Kamondo in the late 1800's, has been lately activated by the renewed presence of Jewish people in the area and only Shabbat prayers are held.

Contact : The Chief Rabbinate
Phone : 0-212-243 51 66


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