Jewish New Year celebrated at Heliopolis synagogue for first time in 70 years

Zeinab El-Gundy , Saturday 16 Sep 2023

The Egyptian Jewish community celebrated on Friday the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) at the Vitali Madjar Synagogue in Heliopolis on Friday for the first time in 70 years.

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The celebration of the New Jewish Year at Cairo's Vitali Madjar synagogue (Photo: Jewish Community in Cairo)


The celebration, organized by the Drop of Milk Egypt NGO, was attended by members of the small Jewish community in Cairo as well as foreign diplomats and Egyptians of other faiths.

Since its inauguration in 1928, the synagogue has been renovated several times, including most recently in 2017.

Recently, the Vitali Madjar synagogue hosted a number of events including Hanukkah in December 2022.

The Jewish New Year service was led by Magda Haron, head of the Jewish community in Cairo

The year 5784 in the Jewish calendar began at sunset on 15 September.

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