Egyp­tians re­store his­toric syn­a­gogue, but few Jews re­main

Antelope Valley Press - - SECOND FRONT -

ALEXAN­DRIA, Egypt — Egypt re­opened a his­toric syn­a­gogue on Fri­day in the Mediter­ranean coastal city of Alexan­dria af­ter a years­long gov­ern­ment ren­o­va­tion.

But only a hand­ful of Jews re­main from Egypt’s once-thriv­ing com­mu­nity, most of them el­derly. The coun­try’s Jews largely left more than 60 years ago amid the hos­til­i­ties be­tween Egypt and Is­rael.

The two-story Eliyahu Hanavi syn­a­gogue in Alexan­dria par­tially col­lapsed in 2016. An­tiq­ui­ties of­fi­cials said the ren­o­va­tions, which be­gan the fol­low­ing year, pre­vented it from be­com­ing a to­tal loss.

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