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The Muslims Preserving Kolkata’s Last Jewish Synagogues

“It’s not ours or theirs, it’s for both of us.”

For generations, Muslim caretakers have worked at the Magen David Synagogue, one of the last Jewish houses of worship in Kolkata. Children of the employees grew up among members of the synagogue, and some eventually began working there too. Caretakers and members of the congregation share a respect for the historic building, as well as the community it serves. But as the Jewish community in Kolkata continues to dwindle and age, the synagogue faces an uncertain future.

In the video above, Atlas Obscura visits the Magen David Synagogue and learns more about its history.

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