For more than one hundred years, Ohel Leah Synagogue, the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Recreation Club have been the epicenter of both religious and social lives of the Jewish community living in the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong. It’s construction commenced in 1901 and the structure is built in the Colonial Sephardic style. It was designed by the architects Leigh & orange. In 1998 it was removed at an estimated US $ six million to bring it back to its original state. The massive overhaul resulted in both its interior as well as exteriors being renovated to its original state. It is located in between Castle road and Robinson road and comprises only of two stories in stark contrast to the other high rise buildings and sky scrapers that this city is better known for.
At the beginning, the community was largely based on people who were descendents from Baghdad. The Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation of London was responsible for the superintendence of the religious premises. However, over time it has become independent and at the present day, it has members from all over the world.
Majority of the Jews living in this city are living in close proximity to this religious place.
If you are wondering about the story behind the name of this synagogue, it is has been named after the mother of Meyer, Edward and Jacob Sassoon brothers who gifted this precious land to build the synagogue on this land. They were amongst some of the earliest Sephardic merchants to have settled down in the city of Hong Kong, coming there all the way from India.
For visitors who are staying at a Hong Kong Hotel close by this is an ideal place to visit to understand Jewish culture. A number of hotels with excellent Suites in Hong Kong such as the Langham Place Mongkok Hong Kong is located in close proximity to this setting. What is more, there are indeed sweet surprises awaiting those who stay longer at their suits as there are many discounts and benefits that you can receive by simply enjoying your luxurious holiday just a little bit longer at this amazing hotel.