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Turkish synagogue restored in Izmir

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(JTA) – The Turkish city of Izmir restored a 17th-century synagogue at risk of collapse.

Reconstruction of the Beit Hillel Synagogue began about a year ago. At the time, only the facade was intact; the remainder largely had been destroyed by a pair of fires.

Once the reconstruction is completed, the structure will be turned into a museum, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

“Izmir is the city of tolerant people,” city authorities were quoted as saying. “This project is a result of this understanding.”

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