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- Gate Of Heaven Synagogue in this fort city of Thane is 35 kms. from Bombay . Jews lived here since the 16th century. Most of the Jews held positions in military regimes and were also responsible in constructing the famous Parsik Tunnel and GIP railway between Bombay and Thane. During the reorganization of the city, a massive road widening project revealed a 500 year-old Jewish cemetery in the heart of the city that was utilized for a service road. The graves were untouched at 25 feet below the road level. cemetery and gravestone photos and photo. [January 2010]


Thane's Bene Israel Cemetery is situated at Vartak Nagar Road, near the Cadbury Chocolate factory and opposite J.K. School in Thane city.

  • "A centuries old Jewish cemetery with gravestones bearing Hebrew inscriptions has been discovered recently in Thane, near Bombay. The old cemetery, very near to a currently active one, was discovered during a road-widening project undertaken by municipal authorities." Source: Dateline World Jewry , May 1999. World Jewish Congress, 501 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022
  • JOWBR burial listings. Photos. Photos. [August 2010]
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