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Djerba Synagogue

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Djerba Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location Djerba, Medenine, Tunisia
Country Tunisia
City Djerba

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 33.8076,10.84515

Summary

The ancient El Ghriba Synagogue, also known as the Djerba Synagogue, is located on the Tunisian island of Djerba. It is situated in the Jewish village of Hara Seghira, (currently known as Er-Riadh), several kilometres southwest of Houmt Souk, the capital of Djerba.


History and time period

The synagogue is the destination of an annual pilgrimage of many Tunisian Jews for the holiday of Lag BaOmer, which takes place 33 days after the celebration of Passover begins.





Notes

On Simchat Torah 1985, one of the policemen charged with the security of the synagogue opened fire at the congregation causing the death of three people, including a child.

On April 11, 2002, a truck full of explosives was detonated close to the synagogue, killing 21 people, of whom 14 were German tourists, 2 French nationals and 5 Tunisians. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Ghriba synagogue bombing.

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Country

Tunisia

City

Djerba


Affiliation

Sephardic