February 22, 2024

IDF soldiers setup a synagogue in Gaza during a ground invasion, converting a building into a space for prayer. The synagogue, named Abraham Temple, has a sign showing updated prayer times. In early November, soldiers prayed in a 6th-century synagogue, the first time in close to two decades that a Jew was allowed to worship there. The ancient synagogue of Gaza, dating back to 508 CE, was unearthed in 1965. A mosaic featuring King David playing a lyre has provided insight into the art and culture of the era. It was eventually moved to the Israel Museum for restoration. Today, visitors can see the mosaic floor of the synagogue at the Museum of the Good Samaritan near the Jerusalem-Jericho Road.