Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue (Alexandria)

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Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue
كنيس النبي إلياهو
בית הכנסת אליהו הנביא
Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria.jpg
Street view of synagogue exterior
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusAbandoned
LocationNabi Daniel Street
Alexandria, Egypt
Geographic coordinates31°11′56″N 29°54′01″E / 31.19889°N 29.90028°E / 31.19889; 29.90028Coordinates: 31°11′56″N 29°54′01″E / 31.19889°N 29.90028°E / 31.19889; 29.90028

Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue is a synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt. It is located in Nabi Daniel street. Built in 1354,[1] it was bombed by the French during their invasion of Egypt in 1798, and was re-built in 1850 with contributions from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty.[2] It is included on the World Monuments Fund's 2018 list of monuments at risk. [3]

Although services are still held in the synagogue, it now caters to a very small community due to the dwindling number of Jews in Alexandria.[4][5] The synagogue was closed for the 5773 (2012) High Holidays because of security reasons.[6]

In 2017 the Egyptian government announced a project to restore the synagogue in a growing move of keeping its Jewish heritage alive.[7]

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  1. ^ "Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present". Beit Hatfutsot.
  2. ^ Hosni, Yousrya Abdel-Aziz (2010). Alexandria: Historical and Archaeological Guide. American University in Cairo Press. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-977-479-185-7.
  3. ^ "Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue". 2018 World Monuments Watch. World Monuments Fund.
  4. ^ Gazzar, Brenda (23 October 2008). "Alexandria's last Jews sad to see empty shul on Simhat Torah". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  5. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/replica-of-ancient-egypt-synagogue-arrives-at-tel-aviv-museum-1.439895
  6. ^ http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/51913/Egypt/Politics-/Jewish-festivals-cancelled-at-Alexandria-synagogue.aspx
  7. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/06/egypt-to-repair-middle-easts-biggest-synagogue-eliyahu-hanavi-alexandria