Turkey’s synagogues to re-open as lockdown eases

Turkey’s Jews are preparing to open synagogues in Istanbul after three months of closure due to the country’s coronavirus lockdown measures.

During the lockdown measures, all places of worship including mosques, churches and synagogues had been closed down as weekly congregational prayers were altogether cancelled.

Turkey has earned praise from different corners of the world for its efficient anti-virus policy, keeping its death toll low and managing to flatten the curve.

According to Salom, the Jewish community’s newspaper in Turkey, only people who make early reservations for prayers will be allowed in with a total of 15 men and 5 women per synagogue. The numbers could increase in time keeping in view guidelines set out by Turkey’s Science Committee.

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