Egyptian Jews

High Holidays Services In Alexandria, Egypt, Said To Be Hampered

09/14/2012
Staff Writer

There are conflicting reports over whether the handful of elderly Jews living in Alexandria, Egypt, will be able to attend High Holy Day services beginning Sunday evening. But one thing is clear: any service would be held without a rabbi and cantor and without a minyan of 10 men.

Published reports – subsequently denied – said Egyptian authorities had ordered the cancellation of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services at Alexandria's Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue due to security concerns.

High Holidays Services In Alexandria, Egypt, Said To Be Hampered

09/14/2012
Staff Writer

There are conflicting reports over whether the handful of elderly Jews living in Alexandria, Egypt, will be able to attend High Holy Day services beginning Sunday evening. But one thing is clear: any service would be held without a rabbi and cantor and without a minyan of 10 men.

Published reports – subsequently denied – said Egyptian authorities had ordered the cancellation of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services at Alexandria's Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue due to security concerns.

One Family, Two Egyptian Revolutions

Author Lucette Lagnado, who chronicled her family’s exodus from Egypt in 1963, reflects on the current situation in Cairo.

03/15/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

With the situation in Egypt remaining fluid and complex, little attention has been paid to the country’s recent history and the effects of its last revolution. While Egypt was once home to thousands of Jews, including my family, they largely left the country in the wake of the 1952 revolution.

The Lagnado family in Egypt, circa 1952, above. Right, Lucette Lagnado at event for her book.
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