An exact reconstruction of a synagogue destroyed in 1948
Initially erected in 1904 by Hungarian Jews
Serves as a place of prayer on holy and weekdays
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Ohel Yitzchak Synagogue is a place of prayer on weekdays and holy days, and is not open to the general public. Students and IDF soldiers are invited to visit the synagogue as part of tours and educational programs led by The Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
It is uncommon nowadays to find such an exact replica of a building that was intentionally destroyed down to its foundation.
The Ohel Yitzchak Synagogue is an exact replica of astructure destroyed in 1948 by the Jordanian army. The synagogue had served the Jewish-Ashkenazi community from the middle of the 19th century until the middle of the War of Independence in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Among those who lived in the structure was the family of Rabbi Shmuel Lazer Guterman of Galicia-whose stories inspired Shai Agnon
. Every Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the Hebrew month), the author Shai Agnon would come to visit the rabbi to hear about the Jews of Galicia. The stories he heard became the source of many of the author’s writings. The courtyard itself is mentioned in his story “Tehila”.
After Jerusalem's liberation (1967) the building housed the Old City's first Jewish-owned bookstore for holy scriptures since 1948
bookstore for holy scriptures (sifrei kodesh) “Rishon LeZion Ha’atika” that was opened on the ground floor after Jerusalem was liberated in 1967 was the first Jewishly-owned store in the Old City since the War of Independence in 1948.
The wave of Jewish settlement in the 19th century brought about an expansion of population enclaves outside the walls of the Jewish Quarter, when early settlers purchased lands, mainly in the Muslim Quarter of today, and set up courtyards for their communities. One of the areas in highest demand was the Hebron Quarter, a section close to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, which in its heyday housed 5,000 Jews from various communities.
The Western Wall Plaza is home to some of the most interesting historical tourist sites in the world, which offer a unique perspective on the genealogy of the Jewish people and the history of Jerusalem. We invite you to visit the sites and enjoy an empowering and unforgettable experience.