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The Jewish neighbourhoods in modern Thessaloniki

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The Jewish neighbourhoods of modern Thessaloniki
Map of the Jewish neighbourhoods of Thessaloniki before 1917, drawn by Albert Narr, 1500-1917, Thessaloniki, Museum of the Jewish Community.

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The arrival of tens of thousands of Jewish settlers swelled Thessaloniki's population at the end of the 15th century. In some cases, the Jewish districts took their name from the nearest synagogue, in others they mapped the Community's lost homelands: Pulia (Apulia), Castilia, Calabria, Lisbon, and so forth.


The Jewish neighbourhoods of modern Thessaloniki

Community worship was conducted in spare, simple buildings so as to provide no pretext for persecution. The oldest synagogue was the Ets Chaim, while the Talmud Tora -- an important religious, education and social centre from 1520 up to the early 20th century -- was famous throughout Europe.

See Also
History - Demographic developments (1430-1821)
In Focus - Thessaloniki from the 18th to the 20th century


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