The Ben Ezra Synagogue (Hebrew: בית כנסת בן עזרא; Arabic: معبد بن عزرا), sometimes referred to as the El-Geniza Synagogue (בית כנסת אל גניזה) or the Synagogue of the Levantines (al-Shamiyin), is situated in the Fustat part of Old Cairo, Egypt. According to local folklore, it is located on the site where baby Moses was found.
This was the synagogue whose geniza or store room was found in the 19th century to contain a treasure of forgotten, stored-away Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic secular and sacred manuscripts. The collection, known as the Cairo Geniza, was brought to the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England at the instigation of Solomon Schechter. It is now divided between several academic libraries, with the majority being kept at the Cambridge University Library.
Vinod Kumar | Apr 28, 2018
Perhaps the only synagogue left in Egypt. Carefully conserved. But the documentation or interpretation is practically zero except the imagination of guides.
Ms. Melissa Balan | May 1, 2018
A beautifully restored building. It would be nice to have information posted about its history and architectural features.
tommy tham | Apr 29, 2018
A very small synagogue, well maintained. Opened to public but no pictures allowed in it.
G L Littleton | Feb 11, 2018
A synagogue in Old Coptic Cairo. It's a beautiful and spiritual place. However no photos allowed.
Ashraf Bekhit | May 5, 2018
It's so beautiful on the inside, too bad photography is not allowed.
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