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The Ashkenazi HaAri Synagogue

Israel Najara Street, Safed 1320932, Israel
+972 4-692-1243
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Israel Najara Street, Safed 1320932, Israel
+972 4-692-1243
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank 23rita
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ha'Ari is located at the far end of the main street of Judaica shops. Dating from the 16th century it is where the Kabbalah Shabbat prayer originated. The ark is very old and carved from Olive wood. Donations are accepted but not required for entrance....More

Thank Howard P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The aron is one of a kind! SO beautiful! Such work; such colors! You feel like you're right there with the Ari. I couldn't stop imagining running with him to the fields to greet the Shabbos Queen. This is Tzefas!

Thank Shalom R
Reviewed 6 November 2017

An amazing place, full with the hopes, aspirations and prayers of thousands of people over hundreds of years.

Thank Richard T
Reviewed 24 August 2017

An historical synagogue that is worth a visit. I was happy to be there again, even if for only five minutes. Stop to enjoy the artistic Torah chamber. Listen to the historical stories.

Thank Buc_Haish
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This is a an amazing place to see one of the great pieces of Jewish history. The artwork in the shul is amazing. There's not much explanation - if you want to get more out of it consider bringing a guide or guidebook.

Thank sixcrazybabies
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Very special for any history buff, especially to those interested in the history of the original Safed residents.

Thank Mordechai P
Reviewed 6 June 2017

I attended both Friday evening and Sabbath morning services at this venerable, beautiful synagogue. It has a central raised platform where the Torah is read, and lovely wall paintings, and a most interesting Torah ark. Be prepared to sit on a wooden bench, and if...More

Thank urbanwalker2
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

The synagogue itself is unremarkable but it has an interesting history that makes it worth a quick visit. Don't travel out of your way to see it.

Thank Steven Y
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This synagogue houses many old texts and apparently was a house prior to it's present form. Visiting is interesting, but one really should have a guide in order to understand the person behind the structure.

Thank VisitIsrael
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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.