Chamani Alush Synagogue - The Shul In The Shuk
Located at the back of the parking lot used by the shuk, the Chamani Alush Synagogue was founded in the 1950's by families who originated from Tunisia. This synagogue is quite large and of course offers the benefits of parking, so it is very accessible compared with some of the other synagogues in town. The synagogue also has a simcha hall and a study hall.
If you are looking for somewhere to hold a celebration, the synagogue has a medium sized simcha hall that can hold up to 250 people. A basic kosher meat kitchen is provided. You can either do the cooking yourself or have your event catered, whichever you wish. However, you do need to bring all your own equipment. There is a movable mechitza so you can set up the room the way you want, and because the hall is not too large the band doesn't need too much amplification. There is plenty of room to dance and you can keep the party going until 11pm. So whether you want to hold a bar mitzvah, an engagement party or even a small wedding, this simple hall can be an ideal choice, especially since this is one of the few places in town that not only offers a reasonable price, at only 1000shks for an evening, but also offers plenty of parking for all your guests.
Around eighty men attend prayers on a regular basis. There are two minyans for morning prayers during the week as well as on Shabbat. During the summer, Mincha is available on Shabbat three times a day. The congregation attracts all sorts of people and generally around twenty women attend services on Shabbat. The shul can hold between 250 and 300 men and up to 60 women in the women's section. The two sections are divided by a wooden trellis mechitza with a lace curtain.
The Beit Midrash or study hall is open every weekday between 1.30pm -3.30pm and you can study what you want or listen to the frequent talks given by the Rabbi or one of the congregation.
Shacharit: 1st minyan: sunrise 2nd 6.30am
Mincha: 20 min before sunset
Maariv: 20-25 min after sunset
There is a study class between Mincha and Maariv.
On Fridays there is an early Mincha 1.15pm as well as a Mincha before Kabbalat Shabbat. During the summer Maariv finishes around 9pm
Shacharit 1st minyan 6.30 am
2nd minyan 8.15am
Mincha 1.30pm 6.00pm 6.30pm
Winter times are adjusted according to the sunset.
Maariv immediately after Shabbat.
The prayers follow the Mizrahi -Tunisia prayer style.
Rabbi: Rav Rafael Cohen
Gabbai: Maurice 050 372 2616