September 13th 2010
The Hurva Synagogue
The Hurva Synagogue is today known as a center for World Jewry. First built in the early eighteenth century, it was destroyed only a few years later and laid in ruins for over a century. In 1864, the synagogue was rebuilt and was known as the primary Ashkenazi synagogue in Jerusalem. However, in 1948, it was destroyed in the Arab-Israeli War. Once Israel regained control of the land in 1967, a commemorative arch was built ten years later (in 1977), becoming a major landmark within the Jewish Quarter. Today visitors can still visit the arch. In 2010, the Hurva Synagogue was rebuilt and is now a major attraction for Jewish visitors from around the globe who view the synagogue as a symbol of strength and dedication.