Hurva…No Longer

When Jordan attacked Jerusalem during the War of Independence and captured the Old City in 1948, the Jordanian Legion destroyed many synagogues, including the largest one in the Jewish Quarter.

In 1967 the Jewish Quarter came under Israeli control and in 1977 an arch was built to remember the Hurva or the Ruined Synagogue, on the spot where synagogues have been successively built and destroyed since the second century.

                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2009

 

                 After years of delay and debate,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     a week before the March 15, 2010 dedication date,

     the construction was nearing completion,

     but there was still plenty of work left to do.

However, as the sun was setting on March 14, 2010,

 the synagogue was ready. 

 Torah scrolls were brought up from the Kotel, the Western Wall, under a chupah, a special canopy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of men danced in front of the procession,

as thousands of people along the route sang, clapped and took photos. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wndows, except the large one in the center, were covered

so that images could be projected on the structure,

                                                                                              and colorful flags were hung all around. 

 

 

A huge crowd filled the central square of the  Jewish Quarter as people enjoyed the live music.

 

 

The restored synagogue will not be exactly the same, however,

as this time the building is air conditioned.

The official dedication ceremony marks an historical end and a new beginning;

may this site become a place of prayer and study and see no more destruction.

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