Photos of the now abandoned Aitz Hayim synagogue in Cairo's Daher district were posted on Facebook by the neighbourhood community's page I'm From El Daher. The century-old temple was built in 1900 in the once-multi-ethnic eastern Cairo neighbourhood. The abandoned architectural and cultural gem, located in Qantara Street, was renovated in 1952 and was designed and built in a modern Jewish architectural style.

Before the establishment of the state of Israel and the subsequent persecution of Egyptian Jews for their presumed support of the occupation of Palestine, Egypt had a thriving Jewish community which had long been integral to its economy and identity. From 1948 onward, most Egyptian Jews left the country for Israel, Europe, or the US. Today, only 6 remain in Egypt and as a result, most synagogues in Cairo and Alexandria were left behind to fall into decay and abandonment. 

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