Etz Ahayim Synagoge is located in Ortakoy neighborhood of Istanbul near the Bosphorus Bridge. The name Etz Ahayim means “the tree of life” which we encounter in Roman and Ottoman traditions. After the great fire in 1660 and 1718 in the city center of Istanbul, some jewish communities moved to Ortakoy which was the country side of Istanbul.
The synagogue was built in the 18th century. In 1941, because of a fire that started with a candle, the synagogue was almost completely burnt and only a Torah cabinet which was donated by the family Kamondo, survived. After the neighborhood became crowded, the synagogue was expanded and enlarge in 1994.
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