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High Holidays Are In in Alexandria

September 5, 2012
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High Holidays Are In in Alexandria
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Reports that Egyptian authorities had canceled High Holidays services this year at the 180-year-old Eliyahu Hanavi Syn-
agogue in Alexandria, Egypt, reportedly are erroneous.
 
Following reports in Israel and Egypt that prayer services had been canceled at the synagogue, a member of the Jewish community quoted Yousef Gaon, the synagogue’s caretaker, as saying that there would be services, but that they would be led by Gaon instead of an ordained rabbi or cantor, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.
 
The rabbi who was scheduled to lead the services was denied entry into the country, the unnamed official said.
A few dozen elderly Jews remain in Alexandria, according to the newspaper.

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