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Syrian Jews

Interior of wealthy Jew's house, and his family (1901) The Jewish community of Damascus dated back to the Days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Over the centuries, their numbers were supplemented by Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Jews of Syria were persecuted by Ottoman and Syrian authorities. Most of Syria's Jews emigrated to Israel or North America, and today the Jewish community is believed to be a tiny number.

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A Baghdadi rabbi with Hasidic students and Syrian Jews at a wedding celebration in Jerusalem, 1904.

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Judaica, Early 1920's Syria, Jewish woman - Israelite Photo postcard

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In 1938, 69% of U.S. college students said we shouldn't offer a haven in this country for Jewish refugees from Europe. Six mill Jews later died. Remember this when politicians say "we shouldn't accept any Syrian refugees."

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In the last hundred years, as Syria has become less friendly to Jews, a trickle of emigration turned into a stream, and ended last year when the final Syrian Jews were smuggled out. The Jews