|Jews sitting in their Samarkand Sukka (circa 1870) See |
another view of the Sukka here
Click here for a history of the Bukharan Jews.
|Bukhari Jews in a Sukka in Jerusalem|
(circa 1900) and here
By the end of the 18th century the community was under pressure from several sources and was in danger of disappearing. It was discovered by a Moroccan rabbi, Joseph Maman, who, until his death in 1823, spent 30 years in Bukhara serving as the spiritual leader and transforming the community to a more observant lifestyle. In the mid-1800s, Bukharan Jews began moving to the Holy Land where they established a community outside of Jerusalem's Old City. [View a previous feature from this website on the Bukharan Quarter of Jerusalem].
|Bukhari Jewish families discuss the|
dowry prior to a wedding (circa 1870).
The caption identifies the two bundles
behind them as the dowry
|The groom meets the bride's parents|
prior to the wedding. Note how young
the couple appears
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|Bringing the bride (far left) to the |
|Jewish "Prayer House" in Samarkand|
|Jewish school in Samarkand. Note the|
school children on the left
|Samarkand Jews reading Psalms and here|
|Teacher and pupils in Samarkand|
and here and here
|Jewish women at a funeral. Note the use of a drum|