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Sicilian chapel converted to synagogue on anniversary of expulsion of Jews

January 12, 2017

Archbishop Corrado Lorefice of Palermo has agreed to donate a 15th-century chapel in the city’s Jewish quarter to be used as a synagogue.

The transfer of the little chapel of Santa Maria del Sabato took place officially on January 12, the anniversary of the date when Jews were expelled from Sicily. The chapel is located near the site where the city’s old synagogue stood at the time.

“God’s name should not divide but should create bridges,” the archbishop said at the ceremony.

 
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