CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Renovation is nearly complete on Jerusalem's historic Hurva Synagogue, destroyed by the Jordanians in 1948.
Originally built in 1864, Hurva served as Jerusalem's main synagogue and the center of Jewish life in the land until Jordanian troops destroyed it two days after the Old City's Jewish Quarter fell to Jordan.
"For the first time in 1,000 years, not a single Jew remains in the Jewish Quarter. Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews' return here impossible," Jordan's commander told his senior officers at the time.
The government approved the renovation project in 2000, contributing 11 million shekels to the 28 million shekel project, but construction was delayed until 2005.
Vadim Rabinovitch, a businessman, philanthropist and prominent leader in the Ukrainian Jewish community, provided the 17 million shekel balance.
With the dome and the exterior nearly complete, work on the interior is about to begin.
"We want to make it an almost exact copy of what it was until 1948," said Nissim Arzy, director of the state-run company overseeing the project, who hopes the work will be complete by the High Holy Days in the fall.
The renovated Hurva is nearly an exact replica of the original structure.
"We would like to see the Hurva back in all its former glory as both a synagogue and a center for world Jewry," Arzy said.
Source: The Jerusalem Post