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Etz Ha-Haim Synagogue

Etz Ha-Haim Synagogue

The name “tree of life” was widely used for synagogues in Greek-speaking communities in the Ottoman Empire from the period of the Byzantine Empire, centuries before the immigration of Spanish Jews to Izmir. The name indicates the ancient history of the synagogue, possibly going back to the 14th or the 15th century.

Researchers believe that the synagogue was one of the six communities that existed in İzmir.

It is a beautiful and unique synagogue. The prayer hall is one floor up and the entrance to it is through a hallway that was used in the past as a small religious school. Four original pillars that in the past surrounded the ark and reached the ceiling in an impressive structure dominate the center of the hall. Various holy verses adorn the ceiling of the ark and the synagogue hall. The holy chest is surrounded by a handsome wooden structure to which two additional chests, each on one side, were added at a later period.

This synagogue also suffered over the years from natural disasters and went through many changes. Today the physical condition of the synagogue requires strict preservation. According to the tradition, Muslims who arrived in İzmir in the 14th and 15th centuries used this synagogue for prayer because of the absence of mosques in the city.

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Etz Ha-Haim Synagogue

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Güzelyurt, 937. Sk. 5 C, 35250 Konak/İzmir

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