Mekarav Synagogue of Safed

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Mikarev Shul
Mikarev Shul
בית הכנסת מקרב צפת
Mikarav, Mikarev, Mekarev
Other Names:
Mekarev Minyan, Shalom Rav Minyon
Synagogue in Tzfat, Israel that runs Shabbos minyanim.

The Makarav synagogue was established in the 1800s by Hassidic Jews who immigrated from the Ukraine. They established a synagogue and a house of study in Tzfat for their community’s needs. That synagogue continues to serve as a vibrant House of Prayer today.

[edit] History

The Makarav Hassidim are descendents from Rebbe Menachem Nochum Twersky, a scion of the Chernobyl Hassidic dynasty. The sect comes from the town of Makariv in the Ukraine. During the Hassidic immigration to Israel in the late 1700s and early 1800s the Makarov community moved to Tzfat and established a synagogue in the northern section of the Old City, on Bar Yochai Street.

Mekarev on Bar Yochi Street.
The synagogue was unused for many years during the latter half of the 20th century. It was kept locked and the key was held by a local artist. In the late 1990s the Chernobyl synagogue obtained the key and began to utilize it for study. Eventually they opened it for Sabbath prayers.

[edit] Schedule

The Makarav synagogue is only open on the Sabbath. Friday night prayers include Carlebach “niggunim” -- tunes -- as well as those of the well-known Makarav Hassidic masters. An early Rebbe of the Makarav Hassidic family was, himself, a gifted composer and the Makarav services include many of his compositions.

[edit] Congregants

The synagogue attracts congregants from some of the local seminaries, both yeshivas for boys and schools for girls, as well as visitors, including groups from visiting yeshivas and seminaries. The synagogue is operated by the administration of the nearby Chernobyl Synagogue / Shalom Rav Yeshivah. The main room holds approximately 60 while the women’s galley upstairs can accommodate another 20 to 30 women.

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