Thursday, 03 December, 2020

The unlikely friendship saving Egypt’s synagogues

Two Egyptian women of all ages have come collectively to save the country’s misplaced Jewish heritage.

Magda, who is Jewish and Marwa, who is Palestinian and Muslim, meet weekly to cleanse, rescue and repair guides, synagogues and cemeteries.

The Jewish local community in Egypt shrank immediately after the Israeli-Arab conflict in 1948. Quite a few were being exiled or felt pressured to depart. With rarely any Jewish folks remaining, the good friends are battling to protect the country’s shed Jewish heritage right before it disappears permanently.

Producer: Nagham Kasem

This film is section of the BBC’s Crossing Divides time.

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