Hurva Synagogue Restoration

The Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem was destroyed twice. In 1721, it was destroyed by Arab creditors angry at the Jewish residents’ unpaid debts. It was rebuilt in 1864 and destroyed again by the Jordanian army in 1948. The Hurva Synagogue served as the main synagogue of Jerusalem and many historical events took place there, such as prayers upon the coronation of George V (1910) and the handing over of the flag of the Jewish Brigade (1917).

After the Six Day War, Israel began to plan the restoration of the synagogue, but work only began in 2005. The restoration will be as close to the original as possible, taking into account modern conveniences. The dome has already been completed and the entire building is set to be finished in time for next year’s High Holy Days.

More on this story at the Jerusalem Post.

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