Asmara Synagogue

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Asmara Synagogue
בית הכנסת של אסמרה
Basic information
Location Haile Mariam Mammo Street
Eritrea Asmara, Eritrea
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Country Eritrea
Completed 1906

The Asmara Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת של אסמרה‎‎, Arabic: معبد أسمرا‎‎) is the only surviving remnant of the Jewish community in Eritrea.[1] Built in 1906, includes a Jewish cemetery, classrooms, and a main sanctuary.[2] All aspects of the synagogue today are taken care of by Samuel Cohen, an Asmara native who remained in the country to look after the edifice.[3]

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  1. ^ Gutman, Matthew (2001-09-21). "4-member Cohen family is the last of Eritrean Jews". Jewish Telegraph Agency. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Eritrea's last native Jew tends graves, remembers". Reuters. 2006-02-05. Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  3. ^ Harris, Ed (2006-04-30). "Asmara's last Jew recalls 'good old days'". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 

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Coordinates: 15°20′14″N 38°56′27″E / 15.33722°N 38.94083°E / 15.33722; 38.94083