Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Jews from Tunisia
The history of the Jews in Tunisia goes back to the Punic era. The first Jewish settlers settled in present day Tunisia long before the destruction of the First Temple in the 6th century BCE and there have been communities in Tunis and the island of Djerba ever since.
As of 2011, 700 Jews were living in Tunis and 1,000 on Djerba. The most famous synagogue in Tunisia is the El Ghriba synagogue in the village of Hara Sghira on Djerba. The current building was constructed in late 19th or early 20th century, but the site is believed to have had a synagogue on it for the past 1,900 years.
The Jewish community has two homes for the aged, several kosher restaurants and operates numerous primary and secondary schools, as well as a yeshiva.
Tunisia's first Jewish museum opened in 2012.
Symbol of the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Muslims is the chechia, worn by Jews typically in Bordeaux (maroon).