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Bukhara Synagogue

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Bukhara Synagogue

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Andrew M wrote a review Oct 2019
7,144 contributions1,159 helpful votes
The Synagogue is located at 20 Saraffon Street. It is one of only two synagogues remaining in Bukhara. It is an easy five minute stroll south of Lyabi hauz. There are a few directional signs on the way. The ancient wooden white doors are on the right, and a blue and white sign is above the door. A gold plaque is on either side of the door stating that the 16th century building is under state protection. It is free to enter but donations are accepted. As you enter, the traditional gold candelabra and Star of David are seen. We were the only visitors, so took a few photos and departed. Another synagogue is a 20 minute walk away on Nomozgokh Street, but will not be as easy to locate. In the 1920's over 10% of the Bukhara population were Jewish and 13 synagogues existed. Most of the Jews left when visa restrictions were made easier in the 1970's and many more left at the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990's. There are a few families remaining in the city and it is reported that the synagogue sometimes struggles to have a minyan (quorum). The first synagogue was built in the 17th century, and the Jewish community endured through the trying times of the Emirs and then Soviet rule. We had visited the Jewish cemetery on Ibrokhim Muminov Street earlier in the day. This synagogue is a unique part of the history of Bukhara and a recommended sight to visit. Other nearby attractions include the Puppet museum, Nasreddin monument and Toqi Sarrofon Bazaar.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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TrevorMP wrote a review Aug 2019
Sydney, Australia707 contributions28 helpful votes
This is an old Synagogue and one of the few remaining in Bukhara. There is a very old Torah which is still in use today. A very interesting and spiritual visit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
tian s wrote a review Aug 2019
New York City, New York285 contributions66 helpful votes
The old caretaker showed us around, including the bimah/ark where they keep the torahs. There are also pictures where they show various dignitaries, both local and international, who have visited the synagogue. There are two parts, one part where they worship in winter, and another on the other side where they worship in summer. There is also a school as part of the complex, that children of all religions attend. They will ask for a donation at the end. Overall, quite interesting.
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Date of experience: August 2019
c1defence wrote a review Aug 2019
Houston, Texas556 contributions39 helpful votes
Close to the main centre of Bukhara at Lyab-i-Hauz it was a must see. Small synagogue and still in operation.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Mr C wrote a review Apr 2019
3,978 contributions134 helpful votes
This synagogue and community centre is tucked away in a back street south of the central square. It is a very welcoming place
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Date of experience: August 2018
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