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Ben Ezra Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location 30.0057944°N 31.2310222°E
Phone number +20 (0)2 285 4509
Country Egypt
City Cairo
Address Coptic Cairo quarter, El Mosky

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 30.00604,31.23018


Summary

The Ben Ezra Synagogue, sometimes referred to as the El-Geniza Synagogue or the Synagogue of the Palestinians, is situated in Old Cairo, Egypt. According to local tradition, it is located on the site where baby Moses was found. The land for the synagogue was purchased in 882 CE for 20,000 dinars by Abraham ibn Ezra of Jerusalem.

This was the synagogue whose geniza or store room was found in the 19th century to contain a treasure of abandoned Hebrew secular and sacred manuscripts. The collection, known as the Cairo Geniza, was brought to Cambridge, England at the instigation of Solomon Schechter and is now divided between several academic libraries.


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