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“An Old City Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Four Sephardic Synagogues

Four Sephardic Synagogues
1 Mismarot Ha Kehuna St | The Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel
+972-(0)2-6280592
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Ranked #154 of 238 things to do in Jerusalem
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“An Old City Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

A quite uncrowded 20-30 minute stop. Restored to pre-1948 splendor with furniture and artifacts collected from similar synagogues in Sephardic countries. The 1967 photos of the destroyed complex taken is a testimony to what would happen if the Palestinians were given control of the Old City. A small 20 shekel fee (about $3.50) is requested. There is also an exhibit room of a collection of religious artifacts collected from Sephardic countries.

Visited February 2014
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“A Piece of Sephardic Jewish History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Although the current structure has been completely restored, the presence of the Sephardic community dates back to the late 13th century during the time of Rabbi Moshe Ben-Nakhman (Nachmanides or Ramban). In the centuries that followed, the community grew and additional synagogues were built according to the Ottoman Empire’s requirement that “no infidel prayer house could stand higher than a neighboring Moslem holy place.” The Jews circumvented that stipulation by having the ground floor below street level.

During Israel’s War of Independence, the Jews of the Old City’s Jewish Quarter sought refuge in these synagogues. When the Old City fell into the hands of the Jordanian Legion, the synagogues were destroyed. Thereafter, the Jordanians used this area for livestock stalls. In the aftermath of the Six Day War (1967), Jewish organizations around the world and the Israeli government worked together to restore the Sephardic Synagogues to their former status. Pictures of the synagogue before and after the war are displayed.

Due to the support of Worldwide Jewry, the Sephardic Jewish traditions will continue to be passed from generation to generation in Jerusalem. This site is not far from the Kotel. If you're interested in history, synagogues and/or Sephardic Judaism, it is a must see.

Visited November 2012
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“Historical”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

You'll want to visit with a guide because even the audio guide can get confusing...There is a small entrance fee and not much to see inside but, then again, the few Synagogues I have visited in the past were never crowded with artifacts.

Visited December 2012
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“Interesting Buildings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

Four restored Synagogues which display photos of the damage done to them during the war. I found them interesting to visit as each one had its own character but all were similar in their simplicity

Visited April 2011
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