The Istanbuli Synagogue Jerusalem, Isarel. The largest among the 4 Sephardic Synagogues in Jewish Quarter, built by Jews from Istanbul in 1760.
Istanbuli Synagogue Jerusalem
As the Sephardi community of Jerusalem grew, a large group of immigrants arrived from Istanbul, Turkey, who used the adjacent building as a synagogue from 1764. Over time, the Istanbuli Synagogue, attracted worshipers from the Eastern communities, including Kurdistan and from North and West Africa. The Istanbuli Synagogue is now used by a Spanish and Portuguese congregation following the London rite.
The Aron Kodesh dates from the seventeenth century and was imported from a synagogue which had been destroyed in Ancona, Italy. The bimah, constructed in the eighteenth century, came from a synagogue in Pesaro , Italy.
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The synagogue was renovated in 1836.
During the Israel War of Independence the synagogue was occupied the Arabs and after Israel gained control of the Old City during the Six Day War it was renovated.
As the Istanbuli synagogue is the largest of the four, it is used for the inauguration of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel.
The Four Sephardic Synagogues: Yochanan ben Zakai Synagogue | Istanbuli Synagogue | Eliahu Ha'navi Synagogue | Emtsai Synagogue
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