Dozens of Jews of Egyptian origin return for ‘very emotional’ service at historic synagogue

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2012. (Roland Unger/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) — They came from around the world, dozens of Jews of Egyptian origin, to celebrate a Sabbath service at the newly renovated 14th-century synagogue in Alexandria.

Participants described a “very, very emotional” service at the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, the last active one in the Egyptian city, The Times of Israel reported.

One of the two rabbis leading the service was Yosef Nefussi, the son of the final Alexandria rabbi. He was joined by Rabbi Andrew Baker, director of International Jewish Affairs for the American Jewish Committee.

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