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Malta’s First Jewish Centre, Including Synagogue And Kosher Restaurant, To Open In Heart Of Sliema.

Over the last 10 years, Chabad of Malta in collaboration with the local Jewish community has become a dynamic force and a thriving center of light for the Jewish community and for thousands of Jewish tourists every year. They have been able to build a welcoming and warm space for every Jew. As they rapidly expand spiritually and physically, it is time for the community to build a permanent home.

Chabad of Malta focuses on the local Jewish community, education, and tourism. In addition to the Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, classes, kosher food, teen programs, and summer camp that is offered at Chabad, our center is a constant physical, emotional, and spiritual support in the lives of every Jew.

As the community grows at exponential rates, so do our necessities. Today, after thousands of years of Jewish existence on the island of Malta, Chabad together with the local Jewish community is proud to announce the building of the first-ever Jewish Center!

The Jewish center will be the heart for Jewish life in Malta. The center will be a hub of Jewish education, kosher food, and will have a beautiful synagogue. It will have a visitor center to introduce Jewish history and culture to Jews and non-Jews alike.

Today, your generous donation will go directly towards building the first Jewish Center in Malta history!

Whether you are a local, a past or future tourist, or someone who cares about the longevity of the Jewish community in Malta, your gift will help to continue growing and will expand the reach so that every Jew has a spiritual home in Malta!

 [‘The Jewish History of Magnificent Malta’ is the product of a collaboration between the Malta Tourism Authority and JLTV. ]
[Video Source : Jewish Life TV]


More Information about the Jewish center. 

The former post office building located on Manoel Dimech Street in Sliema, situated opposite the police station, has been designated for the development of a synagogue, a restaurant, and classrooms for religious instruction.

According to the Chabad Malta Foundation, this project marks the “first Jewish center on the island of Malta in over 2,000 years of Jewish presence in Maltese history.”

The proposed Jewish center aims to serve both the local community and visiting tourists, featuring a kosher restaurant on the ground floor.

The project entails the partial demolition of the existing building while preserving and restoring its facade, constructing additional rooms at the rear of the property, and adding two new floors.

The new building is planned to match the height of the neighboring residential blocks on its left side.

The planning application was submitted by Rabbi Chaim on behalf of the Chabad Malta Foundation Segal.

Presently, Malta hosts two inconspicuous synagogues, situated in regular residential buildings in St Julian’s and Ta’ Xbiex.

Although Malta’s Jewish Community comprises only 250 members, the actual number may be higher, especially considering migrant communities and the influx of tourists and businessmen to the increasingly cosmopolitan island.

Historical Background:

Malta boasts a rich Jewish history dating back to antiquity. Rabbi Abraham Shmuel Abulafia, a renowned Jewish scholar and mystic, spent his final years in Comino approximately 750 years ago, where he authored two of his 50 books.

In 2003, the presumed remains of Abulafia and other Maltese Jews from the 1st Century were symbolically reburied in the Jewish Cemetery in Marsa.

Historical records from 1245 mention 25 Jewish families residing in Malta and eight in Gozo. During medieval times, Mdina designated a street along the north side of the cathedral as the Jewish quarter. However, the Edict of Expulsion in 1492 forced all Jews to leave Spanish territories, including Malta.

Under the Knights of St John, the Jewish population primarily consisted of slaves captured in piracy raids, as Jews found refuge in Ottoman lands following persecution and expulsion from Spanish territories.

In 1749, a Jewish slave named Giuseppe Antonio Cohen, who had been baptized, revealed a plot for a Muslim slave revolt, leading to his commendation and a pension from the authorities.

The modern Maltese Jewish community largely traces its roots to Jewish immigration during British rule from the United Kingdom, the Maghreb, and Turkey.

During the 1930s, Malta welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Italy and Central Europe.

The Maltese Jewish community faced a setback when their synagogue in Spur Street was demolished in 1979 as part of a slum clearance and road widening project.

The community remained without a synagogue until 1984 when a new synagogue was inaugurated on Strada San Ursola. However, it collapsed in 1995 due to adjacent construction work undermining its foundations.

In 2000, a flat in Ta’ Xbiex was converted into a Jewish Center and Synagogue with contributions from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Press Links

Preserving Jewish heritage in Malta
Source TVM : October 31, 2021 : News, Video

History of the Jews in Malta
Source : Wikipedia : Article.

The Hidden Gem: Discovering the Jewish Heritage of Malta and its History
Source : New York Jewish Travel Guide : Article.

Jewish Families of Malta
Source : Geni world’s largest family tree : Study.

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