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Hurva Synagogue

by Mackenzie Landi

On this day in 2010, the newly rebuilt Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem was dedicated. The Hurva (which means “ruin” in Hebrew) Synagogue has a long and storied past, founded in the early 18th century, but destroyed by Muslims in 1721. It lay in ruins for over 140 years, hence the name Hurva. In 1864, it was rebuilt and was in use for over 80 years, only be destroyed again by the Arab Legion in 1948 during the Independence War. After Israel reunified Jerusalem in 1967, a commemorative arch was built in 2000, then the rebuilt synagogue was dedicated in 2010.


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