Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jews Revive Annual Pilgrimage to Africa's Oldest Synagogue

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Today's blog features the Reuters published article that highlights the revival of one of Judaism's annual pilgrimages in one of Africa's oldest synagogues. Guarded by armed Tunisian police, Jewish revelers chant and dance in a three-day pilgrimage to the El Ghriba synagogue. The 2011 celebration was cancelled due to the fall of former Tunis president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and then in 2012 only a few Jews were in attendance out of fear of possible attacks by hardline Islamists.

Perez Trabelsi, head of the Jewish community in the Tunisian island, Djerba, hopes that every year this celebration continues to grow in attendance due to the strong presence of security. "We are here to send a message of peace and tolerance embracing everyone," said a Tunisian woman named Zahayra Lakhel, putting on a Jewish head scarf before she entered the synagogue.

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