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Israeli Businessman Aims to Save Central Synagogue of Aleppo

Ynetnews reports:

An emergency campaign to save the last remnants of the Jewish community of Aleppo in war-torn northern Syria is being carried out by Moti Kahana, President of the Amaliah humanitarian organization. Kahana and his organization are engaged in an effort to preserve the Central Synagogue of Aleppo as well as its Torah and religious books.

“We need to act very quickly,” Moti Kahana told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “We need approximately $100,000, some of which I will contribute myself. I gave over $2.2 million in 2015, but, unfortunately, it’s too much for me take on alone.”

Kahana established Amaliah shortly following the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011 as an organization that provides humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

Kahana has often been seen as a Raoul Wallenberg figure among the Syrian opposition for helping many of the Syrians who defected from the Assad regime flee the country. Raoul Wallenberg was a heroic Swedish businessman and humanitarian who helped tens of thousands of Jews escape the Nazis.

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