Egyptian-Jewish leader buried, leaves behind dwindling community

Cairo’s downtown Gates of Heaven Synagogue. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of Egypt’s Jewish community, was buried Tuesday. She died last Thursday from a heart attack at the age of 59. The funeral ceremony was led by Haroun’s sister Magda, who is now the leader of the small remaining Jewish community in the country. 

The burial was held in Cairo’s downtown Gates of Heaven Synagogue. During her life, Haroun was a lawyer and an architect. She was also the daughter of Egyptian politician Chehata Haroun, who was known for expressing anti-Zionist views and defending Egyptian Jews against accusations that they were more loyal to Israel than to Egypt.

Haroun is survived by a son and a daughter. Less than 40 Jews remain in Egypt today, the Associated Press reported.

Posted on March 11, 2014 .