19 December 2018 - 11 Tevet 5779 - י"א טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel’s ambassador rededicates two of India’s oldest synagogues E-mail

During the festival week of Chanukah last December, Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon rededicated two of Calcutta’s oldest synagogues, the Beth El synagogue and the Magen David synagogue, after they were recently restored.

“Remembering and preserving the glorious past of Jewish Calcutta, contributing to the fabric of the city of Calcutta in the present and looking at the future, two synagogues were rededicated today – in the most festive atmosphere of Chanukah,” he wrote on Twitter.

Also present at the events was Tzvia Valdan, daughter of the late Israeli president Shimon Peres. “Moments of happiness,” tweeted Israeli diplomat in Delhi Adva Vilchinski, describing the event as “historic and exciting”. “The synagogues are living symbol of the special relationship between #India #Jews & #Israel,” Vilchinski tweeted.

During the event, Ambassador Carmon lit the Chanukiah and students – mostly Muslims and Christians – sang Hebrew songs.

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