Larnaca Synagogue

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Larnaca Synagogue
Basic information
Location Larnaca, Cyprus
Geographic coordinates 34°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
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Status Active
Leadership Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin
Completed 2005

The Larnaca Synagogue, located in the seaside resort town of Larnaca, Cyprus was inaugurated on September 12, 2005. It is the island's first and only synagogue. Until its opening, Cyprus was the only nation in the European Union without a synagogue.

"This is a historic event for Cyprus," Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger told a 100-strong crowd at the inauguration ceremony. "We are very happy Cyprus is open to all religions."[1] "Cyprus is a state where all religions are tolerated and we welcome the Jewish synagogue," Cypriot Education Minister Pefkios Georgiades said.

The ceremony included the inauguration of a Torah scroll and the laying of the cornerstone for a mikveh. The community has also an own cemetery.[2]

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  1. ^ ""Mazal tov! Cyprus gets first synagogue"". Associated Press. September 13, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  2. ^ Cyprus Jewish Cemetery

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