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Israel Najara Street, Safed 1320932, Israel
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 October 2014

The synagogue building is dated in the sixteenth century in Safed. It was originally founded by Spanish exiles that immigrated to Safed. Its congregation were Kabbalists. Rabbi Isaac Luria, the most famous Kabalist, known by his acronym "Ari", joined also the synagogue. It was destroyed...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

HaAri started Kabala (a mystical stream in Judaism). This Synagog is named after him but is dull and does not reflect the old glory. Disapointing

1  Thank Avi P
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Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

HaAri started Kabala (a mystical stream in Judaism). This Synagog is named after him but is dull and does not reflect the old glory. Disapointing

1  Thank Avi P
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This is one of the few ashkenazi Shuls in Safed. It is a most unique construction And is a fully functioning shul on Shabbat. Amazing place

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

The mosaics, paintings, architecture and other decorations alone are jaw dropping. Add ancient books, centuries of history and stories. Mysticism and awe. A must see

1  Thank Phyllis C
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This active synagogue is one of the largest and probably less hidden houses of worship in the Old City of Tz'fat. The Holy Ark as beautiful for its decoration and an attraction to be seen. One should come during prayer hours with the intention of...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

One of the most beautiful synagogues you would see anywhere in the world... Surrounded by a multitude of galleries

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

A beautiful surviving example of an early synagogue, opened is 1522. Open daily to visitors from 10. Run by very nice people, some of whom spoke English and could give extra information about the building, Jewish history and synagogues. The building is simple inside and...More

1  Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 8 March 2018

Beautiful old synagogue in deepest Safed at the end of the tourist trail of arty shops and just before the Candle Shop. This shul was built in the 1500s by Luria, who developed Kabbalat Shabbat. It was rebuilt after an earthquake but little altered. There...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

This synagogue was where the famous Friday night prayer of Lecha Dodi was founded directly aligned with the burial place of Rashbi in Meron. The ark is the most intricately designed thing I have seen in Tzfat outside of the pieces in Soul Art Gallery....More

1  Thank ronkav
Reviewed 14 January 2018

The ark alone is worth the visit, and the building itself contains so much history. Donations are accepted but there is no charge for visiting, so be sure to go in if you can.

Thank therese l
Reviewed 30 November 2017

This is a 16th century functioning synagogue destroyed in the earthquake of 1837 and reconstruction completed in 1857. The Ark which was carved from olive wood is Gorgeous! Definitely worth seeing!

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jerry b
19 August 2017|
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Response from VisitIsrael | Reviewed this property |
You can wear long slacks in the synagogue but not shorts. You must wear sleeves, if not there are wraps you can borrow upon entry. Please be sure to leave a small donation upon exiting.
14 August 2015|
Response from Buc_Haish | Reviewed this property |
I don't understand the question.