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Ancient Synagogue Being Moved from Italy to Jerusalem

The transfer to Jerusalem of a 17th century Jewish synagogue from Conegliano Veneto, is approaching completion. There are no longer any Jews in the Italian town.

The cost of dismantling, packing and shipping the synagogue is being met by a small group of Italian Jews through the Jewish community of Venice. Its reconstruction in Jerusalem will be paid for and supervised by the Association of Italian Jewish Immigrants in Israel.

When it is set up, the synagogue will become Jerusalem’s oldest Jewish house of worship. Since the destruction of ancient Jewish synagogues in the Old City of Jerusalem by the Jordan Army, the city has had no synagogue built before the second half of the 19th century.