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Sephardic synagogues in Israel, Jerusalem resort

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Sephardic synagogues have been the center of the spiritual and religious life of the Sephardic community in Jerusalem since the 17th century. There are 4 Sephardic synagogues: Yohanana Ben Zakai synagogue, Eliyahu ha-Navi synagogue (Synagogue of Elijah the Prophet), Istanbul synagogue, and Ha-Emzai synagogue (Middle synagogue).

All of them are located on the territory of the Jewish quarter located in the Old City of Jerusalem. Sephardic synagogues were originally founded as separate places for public worship, and already in 1835, permission was obtained from the ruler of the Holy Land and Egypt, Muhammad Ali, to unite them into a single complex.

Currently, these are active synagogues, which visited by both Sephardic Jews and Ashkenazim. Synagogue of Eliyahu ha-Navi (synagogue of Elijah the Prophet) was consecrated in 1702. It was originally rebuilt from a building intended for religious studies in 1625.

The construction of the synagogue of Yohanan Ben Zakai dates back to 1610. This is the largest architectural structure in the complex of Sephardic synagogues. It is located on the site where the Yochanan Ben Zakai religious school was once located. The modern design of the building was created in the first half of the 19th century.

Istanbul Synagogue (Istanbul Synagogue) was built in 1857 by Sephardic Jews who returned to the Holy Land from Turkey. This synagogue is built in traditional Ottoman architectural style.

Ha-Emzai Synagogue (Middle Synagogue) was built later than other Sephardic synagogues, at the end of the 19th century. This synagogue is very popular with residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

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