Eight synagogues, dating from the 19th century or earlier, are tucked away in the bustling by-lanes of the unattractive commercial district of Bombay, where noisy lorries loaded with wholesale goods and hand-carts heaped with sacks ply.

Modest of exterior and whitewashed a pale blue or an ancient yellow, it often difficult to locate these quiet shrines. And the locals are often unaware of their existence "Jews ka mandir?? Temple of the Jews ?? Haa, haa juice! Juice udhar milega. You’ll get juice over there."