Larnaca Synagogue

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Larnaca Synagogue
Synagogue larnaca.jpg
Religion
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
LeadershipRabbi Arie Zeev Raskin
StatusActive
Location
LocationLarnaca, Cyprus
Geographic coordinates34°54′46″N 33°37′47″E / 34.912787°N 33.629853°E / 34.912787; 33.629853Coordinates: 34°54′46″N 33°37′47″E / 34.912787°N 33.629853°E / 34.912787; 33.629853
Architecture
Completed2005

Larnaca Synagogue is the only synagogue in Cyprus. Located in Larnaca, it was inaugurated on 12 September 2005.

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The synagogue is affiliated with the Orthodox denomination, but welcomes Jews from other denominations and visitors of all backgrounds. Until its opening, Cyprus was the only EU nation without a synagogue. Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger told a crowd at the inauguration ceremony, "This is a historic event for Cyprus. We are very happy Cyprus is open to all religions."[1] Cypriot Education Minister Pefkios Georgiades said, "Cyprus is a state where all religions are tolerated and we welcome the Jewish synagogue." The ceremony included the inauguration of a Torah scroll and the laying of the cornerstone for a mikveh. There is also a Jewish cemetery.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Mazal tov! Cyprus gets first synagogue"". Haaretz. September 13, 2005. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ Cyprus Jewish Cemetery

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