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Bet Israel Synagogue, Karataş , Izmir
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The Bet Israel Synagogue is located in the Karataş quarter of the Turkish city of Izmir (formerly Smyrna). The city’s largest synagogue, it was built to accommodate the growing population in the area, which in the late nineteenth century was known as the Jewish quarter.

Ottoman law required government permission to restore or build new synagogues. The request for the construction of Bet Israel was submitted in 1904 to Sultan Abdülhamid II; the following year permission was granted and construction began. The synagogue was opened for worshi…

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Leslie Abuaf, “Bet Israel Synagogue, Karataş , Izmir”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0003410>
First published online: 2010

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