Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul

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Neve Shalom Synagogue (Turkish: Neve Şalom Sinagogu, Hebrew: בית הכנסת נווה שלום; lit. "Oasis of Peace" or "Valley of Peace") is a synagogue in the Karaköy quarter of Beyoğlu district, in Istanbul, Turkey.


The synagogue was built in response to an increase in the Jewish population in the old Galata neighborhood (today encompassed by Beyoğlu district) in the late 1930s. A Jewish primary school was torn down in 1949 for that purpose and the synagogue was built on its ruins. The construction completed in 1951. Its architects were Elyo Ventura and Bernar Motola, young Turkish Jews. The inauguration of the synagogue was held on Sunday, March 25, 1951 (17 Adar 5711, Hebrew calendar), in the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Turkey of the time, Hahambaşı Rav. Rafael David Saban.


Neve Shalom is the central and largest Sephardic synagogue in Istanbul, open to service especially on Shabbats, High Holidays, Bar Mitzvahs, funerals and weddings.


Neve Shalom suffered three terrorist attacks:


On September 6, 1986, gunmen opened fire during a Shabbat service, which resulted in the death of 22 people. This attack is attributed to the Palestinian militant Abu Nidal.

On March 1, 1992, a bomb attack was carried out by two men, causing no damage or casualties.

On November 16, 2003, the synagogue was hit by one of four car bomb attacks carried out in Istanbul that week (see 2003 Istanbul bombings). Even though a local Turkish militant group, the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front, claimed responsibility for the attacks, police claimed the bombings were "too sophisticated to have been carried out by that group", with a senior Israeli government source saying: "the attack must have been at least coordinated with international terror organizations".
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  • After having toured the Hagia Sofia museum and several Mosques in Istanbul (and loving every minute of it), we thought it was appropriate to recognize and appreciate another major religion which had.....  more »
  • You need you passport (you hand it over when you go in and get it back when you leave) and TR40.00 to go around the museum and enter the Synagogue. The front is all sealed up with heavy duty steel...  more »
  • Built in 1952, Neve Shalom is also known by some unfortunate attacks in the past. The only Jewish museum of Turkey is located in it. Open to public both the museum and synagogue. Admission fee is...  more »
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  • Beautiful house of worship and museum preserving and presenting the history of the Turkish/Ottoman Jewish community. Definitely worth visiting to learn about the struggles and contributions to Turkey and the world!
  • Istanbul's best synagogue. Lights are perfect, air condition system stands very well even when the synagogue is full. Rabbi Hazan (Cantor) has a beautiful voice real tenor_low bariton. Security very efficient, professional and helpful. Smiling and guiding very professionally and very well dressed. It's obvious the management of the community has a very big experience in all matters. Mazeltov.
  • İt's the biggest and most beautiful synagogue in Istanbul Turkey.
  • Altough they chopped a portion of my wiener here I still rate it 5 stars. That good.
  • Excepcionally well kept items. For learning and understanding

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