Friday, August 13, 2021

Judaism in ancient Crete

Ancient Greek synagogue resurrected in Crete After decades in ruins, Nikos Stavroulakis set out to revitalize Jewish life on the Greek island of Crete (ALEXANDRA ARIOTTI/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL, Jerusalem Post).

I don't see a clear indication that this synagogue is itself "ancient," at least in the way I use the term. But the Jewish community in Crete goes back to antiquity. For on the complicated question of an ancient synagogue at Delos, see here and here.

This article gives a brief history of the Jewish community in Crete from antiquity to the present.

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