Tiferet Israel means “Mercy of Israel”. Built in the 1870s by the famous Istanbul banker Abraham Salomon Kamondo, the place of worship is also called “Yenikoy Synagogue” due to the name of its location.
During the Ottoman period, the Yenikoy district, located on the Bosphorus, was a predominantly Greek-populated fishing village.
With the advent of steamship navigation in the second half of the 19th century, the little spots on the Bosphorus became attractive to many wealthy Jewish families, which is why they acquired plots of land on which they built luxurious summer residences. The most famous among them was without a doubt the Kamondo family.
After extensive interior and exterior renovations, the synagogue reopened in 2001 and was added to the list for the protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is different from many other synagogues as here the women’s area is not a gallery on the first floor but a separate area on the ground floor as it is in some small mosques.