Edmond J. Safra Synagogues in IsraelJU_admin
In the Book of Exodus (25:8), God commands the ancient Israelites to build a Sanctuary so that He “may dwell among them,” a commandment that was interpreted by the Rabbinic Sages to include the obligation to build synagogues – themselves understood as small reflections of the Biblical Tabernacle and Temple of Jerusalem.
Edmond J. Safra embraced this sacred obligation, and he generously funded the construction and maintenance of synagogues around the world during his lifetime. He felt a particular commitment to needy congregations in Israel, and since his passing, the Foundation has continued this legacy, partnering with communities throughout the country to build and maintain synagogues. To date, 29 synagogues have been constructed and are provided with regular support, all of them offering religious services, educational opportunities, and social and cultural events.