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Bombings and Waning Number of Jews Sap Turkey's Synagogues

Leon Brudo paused outside the pink walls of the Ahrida Synagogue, the city’s oldest, and waited for Korin Sori to arrive with the keys. “It’s beautiful inside,” Mr. Brudo, 80, said. But the city’s 17 synagogues are suffering, and not only because two were bombed on Nov. 15, killing at least 25 people and wounded hundreds. Turkey’s Jewish population has been withering away, sapped by emigration, assimilation and the low fertility rates that affect affluent, educated peoples around the world. The community, still the largest in any Muslim country, numbered more than 70,000 before World War II but has shrunk to fewer than 25,000 today. Full Story

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