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Chesed-El Synagogue (GPS: 1.29737, 103.84268) is one of the two main synagogues in Singapore. Located along Oxley Rise, it was established by Sir Reuben Manasseh Meyer in 1905. The name Chesed-El means "Bounty of God" in Hebrew.

There was a rapid rise in the growth of the Jewish population in Singapore towards the end of the 19th century. The majority are German (Ashkenazim) and Spanish (Sephardim) Jews. They worshipped at Maghain Aboth Synagogue on Waterloo Street, but as their numbers rose to over two thousand, there was severe overcrowding.

To relieve the pressure on Maghain Aboth Synagogue, Meyer bought the land next to his home, Belle Vue, at Oxley Rise, to create a private synagogue, for use by his family and friends. The building, designed in the late Renaissance style by Regent Alfred John Bidwell of the architectural firm of Swan & MacLaren, was an handsome three-storey structure with a carriage porch.

Similar with Maghain Aboth Synagogue, it comprises a prayer hall for men on the ground floor and a women's prayer hall on the second-storey gallery, above the porch. Men enter the synagogue through the main entrance while women through a different entrance.

How to reach Chesed-El Synagogue

Bus Stop 08011 is the nearest. It is served by bus 64, 123, 139 and 143.

List of the Synagogues in Singapore

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