Egypt's Dwindling Jewish Community Buries Deputy Leader

Nadia Haroun, lawyer and architect, dies of a heart attack at 59.

The deputy head of Egypt's dwindling Jewish community was buried Tuesday in a ceremony led by her sister.

Nadia Haroun, lawyer and architect, was 59 when she died Thursday. According to longtime friend Nevin Amin, the cause of death was a heart attack.

Haroun's sister Magda, the leader of Egypt's Jewish community, led the ceremony in Cairo's downtown Gates of Heaven Synagogue. The ceremony was attended by a handful of the remaining members of the aging community and several Egyptian public figures.

Most of Egypt's once-thriving Jewish community left more than 60 years ago. Today, less than 40 remain.

Haroun was a daughter of prominent politician Chehata Haroun, known for his anti-Zionist politics. He defended Egyptian Jews against accusations that they were more loyal to Israel than Egypt, at the peak of the Mideast wars.

Haroun is survived by a son and daughter.

Egyptians carry the coffin of Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of the dwindling Jewish community, outside the Jewish synagogue, Shaar Hashamayim, in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.Credit: AP

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