First Synagogue To Open In Palermo, Sicily, In Over 500 Years – Jews Were Expelled in 1492

PHOTOS: First Synagogue To Open In Palermo, Sicily, In Over 500 Years – The Yeshiva World

“More than 500 years after the Jews were expelled from Sicily, the nascent Jewish community of Palermo will celebrate its rebirth this week with the formal transfer of ownership of a facility owned by the church and monastery of St. Nicolo Tolentino, which sits atop the ruins of the Great Synagogue of Palermo. The transfer results from a request by the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shavei Israel and the Istituto Siciliano di Studi Ebraici (ISSE, or Sicilian Institute of Jewish Studies).

The handover, to take place at an official ceremony this Thursday marking the anniversary of the Jan. 12, 1493 expulsion of the island’s Jews, will usher in the opening of the first local synagogue in Palermo, Sicily’s capital, since the 15th century. The move comes as growing numbers of people throughout Sicily are rediscovering their Jewish roots.”

 

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