One of the most magnificent synagogues in the Old City, the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, is to be restored by the Jerusalem Municipality. After the successful restoration of the Hurva Synagogue, the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem Ltd. (JQDC) has undertaken to rebuild the synagogue, which was destroyed by Arabs during the 1948 War of Independence. Tiferet Yisrael, with magnificent arches currently bricked in, is located in the center of the Jewish Quarter, in the same plaza as the Hurva Synagogue. The construction plan was approved this week by the Jerusalem Municipality’s Local Planning and Building Committee.
After decades of planning and setbacks, the synagogue, built as a place of prayer for Hassidic Jews in the Old City, was completed in 1872. It was originally built by Rabbi Nissan Beck, a wealthy patron of the Ruzhiner Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel of Ruzhin.
The land for the synagogue was first purchased by Ruzhiner Hassidim in 1843, beating out by a matter of days a representative of Czar Nikolai I for plot, upon which he planned to build a church and monastery. Money-raising for the project took years, and Muslim officials several times interfered with and postponed construction.
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