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Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara

Written by on Sunday, 29 June 2014
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If you are in Bukhara, make sure you visit the Bukharan Jews synagogue not far from Lyab-i-Havuz. It’s one of the oldest Bukharan synagogues with the copies of the Torah as old as few centuries. There’s one that is approximately 1000 years old, according to the guard of the religious site.

There are few more synagogues in Bukhara but this one is, probably, the most interesting and has a longer history than others.

Nowadays there are approximately 25-30 Bukhara Jews families of what was approximately 40,000 back in the end of 1980s. Nonetheless, the synagogue witnesses crowds on big religious holidays.

Rabbi Aron Siyanov or Dan Siyanov, if they are there would be happy to give you a tour, as well as tell you the story of the visits of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Hillary Clinton back in a day when she was the First Lady.

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