Jews have always been an umbilical part of Mumbai’s cultural make-up. In fact, In the late 1940’s, the Jewish population of Bombay reached nearly 30,000. The Bombay Jews were mainly comprised of two very distinct groups, the Bene Israel and the Baghdadi. The Bene Israel (Sons of Israel) trace their history in the city back over 1600 years ago and their presence in India back to over nearly 2,000 years after a shipwreck stranded seven Jewish families from Judea in a region south of Mumbai.
The Baghdadi Jews, actually a composite of Jews from Iraq, Syria, Iran and other surrounding areas, settled in the city in the 1800’s. They came to India both to escape religious persecution and in pursuit of the enormous mercantile opportunities that this port city offered. Over the years, Bombay has attracted many a foreign tourists to pay homage to the prolific Jewish History this city has to offer
Let’s Say Shalom is an ode to the two thousand year old Jewish heritage existing in India. This tour takes you on a historic journey, where you learn about the Jewish history and visit places of Jewish interest that have dotted the map of Mumbai for centuries.
The tour includes a walk into the beautiful and architecturally stunning synagogues, clamorous Sassoon Docks, quaint Sassoon Library and the magnificent Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Our team of travel experts have a deep understanding of the Jewish culture and give you an in-depth view into their history and traditions.