At long last and praise to the Almighty, the Universal Karaite Judaism (UKJ) is pleased to announce the opening of the Karaite Heritage Center. The Heritage Center is built in three underground levels around the world's oldest active synagogue, located on Karaite Street in Jerusalem.
The tour begins with a short film about the community, from different perspectives - both from members of the community and from the academic world – which provides the viewer a broad understanding of the Karaite Jews.
The following two levels display ancient manuscripts and replications, written by Karaite sages throughout the generations. The exhibition includes visual exhibits, audio clips from various piyyutim: a circumcision ceremony, a Passover Seder and Shabbat songs by girls of the community.
The highlight of the tour is the observation of the synagogue through two upper windows.
The Karaite Heritage Center
The guided tour is suitable for groups and individuals, and takes 45 minutes.
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Why did they call upon Jews of the Diaspora in the tenth century to abandon exile and immigrate to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem? At the Karaite Heritage Center, you will discover the origins of the community and hear about the golden age of a community that has lived in Jerusalem since the 8th century, and its great contribution to preserving the Bible and the Hebrew language we speak.
The center is located in the complex of the oldest synagogue in the world where people are still praying. The center features a film that presents the story of the community from a number of angles and from different points of view - from the academic world to members of the community. In the lower levels are reproductions of rare and ancient manuscripts written by the Karaite Sages throughout the generations (have you ever heard of the Aleppo Codex?). The exhibition focuses on the uniqueness of the Karaites and their interpretation of holy days and customs, and includes objects, audio passages of liturgical poems from various ceremonies, including a circumcision ceremony, a Passover Seder and Shabbat songs of the community girls. The highlight of the tour is a glimpse into the synagogue, which introduces the viewer with the ancient synagogue in Jerusalem where the Karaite Jews pray on carpets and without shoes, and which has preserved its uniqueness for hundreds of years.