Beth El Synagogue (Shanghai)

Beth El Synagogue was a synagogue located in Shanghai, China.

Jews began to settle in Shanghai in 1848.[1] At that time, most were Sephardic Jews from Baghdad and Bombay.[1] During the 1870s, the Baghdadi Jewish community used rented space for religious worship.[1] Beth El Synagogue was established in 1887.[1] It was located on Peking Road, a major thoroughfare in the English settlement.[2]

Jacob Elias and Edward Elias Sassoon built the Ohel Rachel Synagogue to replace Beth El Synagogue.[1] Ohel Rachel Synagogue opened in March 1920.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Shanghai Jewish History Archived 2015-03-18 at the Wayback Machine". Shanghai Jewish Center. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Joseph; Ezra, N. E. B. "Shanghai". Jewish Encyclopedia. 1906.