Cairo Jewish Synagogues study

The project enabled the historical documentation of the city’s synagogues, including detailed illustrations of existing buildings. The report at hand surveys Cairo’s Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and Karaite synagogues, their architectural qualities, and the objects that were integrated into their sanctuaries. Project Director: Samy Ibrahim & Ahmad Al-Bindari

The project’s objectives were to prepare a general study concerning all the synagogues belonging to the Jewish community in Cairo (J.C.C.) under the stewardship of the Drop of Milk Association. After accomplishment of the mission, a number of sites were earmarked for restoration and re-adaptation according to priority and / or potential success. This study gave the JCC the ability to prepare a list for the MoA to register a number of these monuments with UNESCO for inclusion onto their Tentative List; to prepare cultural heritage funding grants, such as the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (who we have already met with), and the Prince Claus Fund for specific assistance. In order to achieve this goal, a project of information gathering was needed to start the study. Information was gathered from five sources.

Project Details


Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Drop of Milk Asssociation Project partner(s): Cairo Jewish Communities Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $51,860 Commencement Date: 07/2017 Project Status: Completed
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