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Tehran's Jewish Community

In Persia for more than 2,500 years, most of the 80,000-100,000 Jews living in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution have left, with only some 8,750-20,000 remaining. Scattered across the country, the biggest Iranian-Jewish communities are in Tehran, Isfahan, and the southern city of Shiraz.

An Iranian Jewish man wearing a Tallit reads the Torah during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue in Tehran.
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An Iranian Jewish man wearing a Tallit reads the Torah during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue in Tehran.

Iranian Jews carry a Torah scroll out from a cupboard to be read during morning prayers.
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Iranian Jews carry a Torah scroll out from a cupboard to be read during morning prayers.

Iranian Jewish men wearing Tallit shawls read from the Torah during morning prayers.
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Iranian Jewish men wearing Tallit shawls read from the Torah during morning prayers.

Iranian Jews read from the Torah scroll during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue in Tehran.
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Iranian Jews read from the Torah scroll during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue in Tehran.

Iranian Jews read from the Torah during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue.
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Iranian Jews read from the Torah during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue.

An Iranian Jew wearing a Tallit performs the morning prayer at the Yussef Abad Synagogue.
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An Iranian Jew wearing a Tallit performs the morning prayer at the Yussef Abad Synagogue.

Iranian Jew Eshagh Akhamzadeh locks the door housing the Torah scroll after placing it in inside a cupboard during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue.
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Iranian Jew Eshagh Akhamzadeh locks the door housing the Torah scroll after placing it in inside a cupboard during morning prayers at the Yussef Abad Synagogue.

An Iranian Jew reads the Torah at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.
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An Iranian Jew reads the Torah at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.

An Iranian Jew performs prayers at a Tehran synagogue.
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An Iranian Jew performs prayers at a Tehran synagogue.

An Iranian Jew smells a plant to be blessed at a Tehran synagogue.
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An Iranian Jew smells a plant to be blessed at a Tehran synagogue.

Iranian Jews read the Torah at a Tehran synagogue.
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Iranian Jews read the Torah at a Tehran synagogue.

An Iranian Jew reads the Torah at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.
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An Iranian Jew reads the Torah at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.

An Iranian Jew inspects a special lemon (etrog) used during the celebration of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles, to be blessed at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.
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An Iranian Jew inspects a special lemon (etrog) used during the celebration of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles, to be blessed at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.

A Jewish boy reads the Torah at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.
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A Jewish boy reads the Torah at a synagogue in downtown Tehran.

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