Istanbul Travel Guide

Neve Shalom Synagogue

  • The door of Neve Shalom

  • Neve Shalom Synagogue was renovated and opened in 1987

  • Elsa and Vitali Franko's wedding at the Neve Shalom Synagogue

  • Torah in the synagogue

Neve Shalom Synagogue is Kuledibi district in Beyoglu. The Neve Salom (the Peace Oasis or Valley of Peace) Synagogue was built by renovating the gymnasium of a jewish elementary school. The gymnasium was converted  to a synagogue in 1938. Bu it couldn't be used because of a lack permisson.

Permisson was granted in 1949, and the project was prepared by Elio Ventura and Bernard Motola, two graduates from Istanbul Technical University. It was opened for prayer and worship in 1951.

It is most striking attractions are the dome which holds an eight ton chandelier, the stained glass windows which were imported from England and marble sections. Neve Shalom Synagogue was renovated and opened in 1987.

Useful Information for Neve Shalom Synagogue

Address Bereketzade Mh., Büyük Hendek Cd No:61, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Fast Facts You can visit the synagogues only by prior reservation via the offices of the Chief Rabbinate (0 212 293 87 94). You should make reservations during office hours (Mon-Thu: 9:30-17:00; Fri.: 9:30-13:00) and at the least 24 hours before your planned visit. Make sure to have the passport numbers of the people planning to attend the visit and their full names at hand while making the reservation. Also, carry your passport with you for security checks during your visits to all synagogues.