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Reopening of Synagogue in Turkey - 26 Mar 2015
People attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power.
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March 26, 2015
Turkish flags are seen on the facade of the restored Great Synagogue before a re-opening ceremony in...
Edirne, Turkey
Turkish flags are seen on the facade of the restored Great Synagogue before a re-opening ceremony in...
Turkish flags are seen on the facade of the restored Great Synagogue before a re-opening ceremony in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 26, 2015
Jewish community members attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey...
Edirne, Turkey
Jewish community members attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne
Jewish community members attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 26, 2015
A man attends the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A...
Edirne, Turkey
A man attends the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne
A man attends the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 26, 2015
People attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A...
Edirne, Turkey
People attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne
People attend the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 26, 2015
A Torah is brought to the Great Synagogue during the re-opening ceremony in Edirne, western Turkey March...
Edirne, Turkey
A Torah is brought to the Great Synagogue during the re-opening ceremony in Edirne
A Torah is brought to the Great Synagogue during the re-opening ceremony in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 25, 2015
Workers put the final touches during the restoration of the Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey,...
Edirne, Turkey
Workers put the final touches during the restoration of the Great Synagogue in Edirne
Workers put the final touches during the restoration of the Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey, February 26, 2015. When the domes of Edirne's abandoned Great Synagogue caved in, Rifat Mitrani, the town's last Jew, knew it spelled the end of nearly two millennia of Jewish heritage in this Turkish town. As a boy, Mitrani studied Hebrew in the synagogue's gardens and, in the 1970s, dispatched its Torah to Istanbul after the community shrank to just three families. In 1975, he unlocked its doors and swept away the cobwebs to marry his wife Sara. Now a five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the synagogue's lead-clad domes and resplendent interior ahead of its Thursday re-opening, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations, but one without worshippers. It is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities ushered in during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. Yet it coincides with a spike in anti-Semitism in predominantly Muslim Turkey and a wave of Jews moving away, say members of the aging community, which has shrunk by more than a third in the last quarter century. Picture taken February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 26, 2015
Turkey's Jewish community leader Ishak Ibrahimzadeh addresses during the re-opening ceremony of Great...
Edirne, Turkey
Turkey's Jewish community leader Ibrahimzadeh addresses during the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue...
Turkey's Jewish community leader Ishak Ibrahimzadeh addresses during the re-opening ceremony of Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 26, 2015
Istanbul Jewish community members Eftali Pinto (L) and Aviel Kohen (9), use shofars, musical instruments...
Edirne, Turkey
Istanbul Jewish community members Pinto and Kohen use shofars during the re-opening ceremony of the Great...
Istanbul Jewish community members Eftali Pinto (L) and Aviel Kohen (9), use shofars, musical instruments made from the horn of a ram or other kosher animal, during the re-opening ceremony of the Great Synagogue in Edirne, western Turkey March 26, 2015. A five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the Great Synagogue in the border city of Edirne, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations. The opening is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 25, 2015
An abandoned Jewish cemetery is pictured in Edirne, western Turkey, February 26, 2015. When the domes...
Edirne, Turkey
An abandoned Jewish cemetery is pictured in Edirne
An abandoned Jewish cemetery is pictured in Edirne, western Turkey, February 26, 2015. When the domes of Edirne's abandoned Great Synagogue caved in, Rifat Mitrani, the town's last Jew, knew it spelled the end of nearly two millennia of Jewish heritage in this Turkish town. As a boy, Mitrani studied Hebrew in the synagogue's gardens and, in the 1970s, dispatched its Torah to Istanbul after the community shrank to just three families. In 1975, he unlocked its doors and swept away the cobwebs to marry his wife Sara.Now a five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the synagogue's lead-clad domes and resplendent interior ahead of its Thursday re-opening, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations, but one without worshippers. It is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities ushered in during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. Yet it coincides with a spike in anti-Semitism in predominantly Muslim Turkey and a wave of Jews moving away, say members of the aging community, which has shrunk by more than a third in the last quarter century. Picture taken February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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March 25, 2015
Rifat Mitrani, the town's last Jew, visits the Great Synagogue during its restoration in Edirne, western...
Edirne, Turkey
Mitrani visits the Great Synagogue during its restoration in Edirne
Rifat Mitrani, the town's last Jew, visits the Great Synagogue during its restoration in Edirne, western Turkey, February 26, 2015. When the domes of Edirne's abandoned Great Synagogue caved in Mitrani knew it spelled the end of nearly two millennia of Jewish heritage in this Turkish town. As a boy, he studied Hebrew in the synagogue's gardens and, in the 1970s, dispatched its Torah to Istanbul after the community shrank to just three families. In 1975, he unlocked its doors and swept away the cobwebs to marry his wife Sara. Now a five-year, $2.5 million government project has restored the synagogue's lead-clad domes and resplendent interior ahead of its Thursday re-opening, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations, but one without worshippers. It is part of a relaxation of curbs on religious minorities ushered in during President Tayyip Erdogan's 12 years in power. Yet it coincides with a spike in anti-Semitism in predominantly Muslim Turkey and a wave of Jews moving away, say members of the aging community, which has shrunk by more than a third in the last quarter century.Picture taken February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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