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120 The Aden Community Heritage House and Kol Yehuda Synagogue

5 Lilienblum St., Neve Tzedek.

Architect: Yehuda Magidovich, 1938.

Visits at the synagogue that was designed by Yehuda Magidovich for the Jewish community from Aden (a former British Crown Colony in the southern Arabian Peninsula, which is now part of Yemen). The facade of this unassuming building does not reveal the impressive and monumental space that one finds inside. The interior design illustrates Magidovich’s virtuosic architectural abilities, which can be seen in the elegant and rhythmic space he created using a crisscrossed set of exposed and imposing beams, while at the same time incorporating some eclectic motifs, such as interior arches.

The ground floor of the building is now home to the Aden Community Heritage House, which features a permanent exhibit of original photographs, artifacts, books, Judaica, pieces of clothing and rare documents that tell the story of the founders, the Menahem Moshe family, and also that of the Jewish community that came from Aden.

A special corner is dedicated to a tragic event in the annals of the Jewish people that has been omitted from the history books – namely, the pogroms against the Aden Jewish community, during which 87 Jews from Aden and Yemen were murdered. The pogroms took place just three days after November 29, 1947, when the United Nations adopted the Partition Plan for Palestine.

The 45-minute tours will be led by the historian and member of the community, Dani Goldsmith, whose great-great grandfather, Yehuda Menahem Moshe, purchased the lot in the 1920’s in order to build the synagogue. Goldsmith will recount the history of the synagogue and the building that houses it, as well as the history of the Aden Jewish community, which many people are not familiar with.

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Reservations not required

Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.

Reservations not required
Thursday, May 23rd, 10:00-18:00. Guided tours will be held at 13:00 and 17:00; a guided tour in English will be held at 15:00.
Friday, May 24th, 9:00-15:00. A guided tour will be held at 10:30; a guided tour in English will be held at 13:00.
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