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Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 8 May 2008 11:56 
It seems that every town in Europe has its little Jewish cemetery tucked away somewhere (there was one in a forest near the town where I grew up). So many suggestions have been made for this connection. They're not all that clear though.

Could someone verify the ones below, if their Jewish monuments are:
a. still existing monuments of reasonable size and stature
b. within the borders of the WHS

- Old Cairo
- El Jadida - Jewish quarter (part of the inscription?)
- Aleppo
- Damaskus
- Warsaw - Nożyk Synagogue (I'm not sure it's included in the inscribed area)
- Florence Synagogue
- Rome Synagogue

Author Assif
#2 | Posted: 8 May 2008 13:37 
Ben Azra Synagogue is in Old Cairo. It was built in the 6th Century as a Coptic church. It has been restored.
The Jewish quarter in El Jadida is around the Portuguese Fort and a part of the inscription.
The Central Synagogue of Aleppo was originally built in the city centre in the 5th Century but was ruined several times. It was destroyed for the last time in a fire in 1947 and not restored since and is now in a state of disrepair.
I know there are several synagogues in Damaskus. At least one of them lies in the heart of the old town - the French Synagogue - and it is still being used by the local Jewish community.
Nozyk Synagogue is outside the historic centre.
The Roman Ghetto is at the Sant' Angelo district which is abundant in historic monuments. I am not sure if it is a part of the inscirption but I certainly believe so.
Florence' Tempio Maggiore is located in the historic centre.

Author david
#3 | Posted: 8 May 2008 14:13 
I'm absolutely sure that the synagogues in Florence and Rome are situated within the borders of the WHS and they are really impressive and important.

Author Solivagant
#4 | Posted: 8 May 2008 14:52 
I think Morocco should yield a few as well - historically it had a very large jewish population, still has some and has avoided the destruction meted out in many other Arab countries. Are not most of the Mellahs going to be inside the inscribed Medinas (of which Morocco has quite a lot!!)??

Have a look at

Possbly Fez, Marrakesh, Essouaria, Mazagan, Meknes.

An issue is - does EVERY Jewish cemetery justify a link? I would have thought not - We are not doing so for every Christian or Muslim one though perhaps the survival of Jewish ones is potentially a more significant fact. Better if it is signficant in some hitoric/religious or architectural way??

Author Assif
#5 | Posted: 9 May 2008 03:44 
I think all sites mentioned should be merited a link, not only because they survived but because of their historic/cultural importance. As to Morroco, the only place where I found a Jewish synagogue in the historic centre was Mazagan (=El Jadida - which is already mentioned). I didn't check on cemeteries though.

Author Assif
#6 | Posted: 9 May 2008 17:08 
Fes Jewish quarter is in the new(jdida) Medina (built in the 13th Century) and outside the designated area.
The Jewish Cemetery in Marrakesh is in the medina and can be added to the connection.
Both Jewish cemetries in Meknes are in the historic centre.
Essouaria has a Jewish quarter in its Medina with a Jewish cemetery.

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