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The Sephardic Synagogue of the Ari

Ha'Ari Street, Safed, Israel
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Gorgeous Holy Ark !!!

The synagogue was built in the 16th century, destroyed in the 1837 earthquake and reconstruction... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Davie, Florida
Center for Kaballah

Safed, located in the Northern Galilee, is considered a holy city to both Ashkenazi and Sefardic... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Ogdensburg, New York
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Ha'Ari Street, Safed, Israel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The synagogue was built in the 16th century, destroyed in the 1837 earthquake and reconstruction was completed in 1857. It serves as a place of worship for both Ashkenazi Hasidic Jews and Sephardic Jews. The Ark which was carved from olive wood is Gorgeous!

Thank 23rita
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Safed, located in the Northern Galilee, is considered a holy city to both Ashkenazi and Sefardic Jews. The Ari Synagogue as well as others was built in the early 16th century and is small but quite beautiful inside. Safed is also the home to and...More

Thank Marf13669
Reviewed 24 May 2017

You can literally feel the holiness! What a beautiful synagogue! Its not always open though.... They have prayers there around 1-2 pm. prob good time to go then....

Thank Chaim G
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is the oldest synagogue in Safet. The interior is known for its blue accents derived from Moorish Spain, where the color blue was considered sacred. It has central bimah and the three Holy Arks on the southern wall, facing Jerusalem.

Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Compared to similar shrines in Safed, this one to the Ari is reasonably maintained and dignified. There is room for better access and more displays of information.

Thank Fred K
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The meandering streets of Sefad are all full of charm. THere are a number of Synagogues all beautiful and different to be visited. Beautiful

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 25 March 2016

The Ari Sephardic Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Safed. Historical sources refer to this building as early as 1522, and tell us that the synagogue was used by North African Jews and was known at the time as the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue. During his...More

Thank dlisbona
Reviewed 28 February 2016

I wanted to visit this synagogue as the others in fascinating town of Safed/Cfat, but after I relatively difficult found it, it was closed, in the middle of work day, without any information when it's open or similar. It looked like some ugly place, non...More

Thank marijansesvete
Reviewed 23 November 2015

I have only been in a few synagogues, and I am glad I was taken to see this one. I liked the architecture and the colors very much. My vocabulary re: this subject is unfortunately not good enough to describe it.

Thank cchang2010
Reviewed 29 October 2015

One more example of the religious heritage of Tsfat. Very attractive inside. As with all the local synagogues on the heritage tour, it's small, but active.

Thank Bart C
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