Egyptian Jewish Leader Nadia Haroun Dies

Haroun suffered a heart attack, according to Al Ahram; Her funeral will be held at a Cairo synagogue.

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The deputy head of Egypt's scant Jewish community died late Thursday night, Al Ahram reported Friday.

Nadia Haroun suffered a heart attack, according to the report, and her funeral will be held March 11 at the Adly Synagogue in Cairo.

According to Al Ahram, Haroun's older sister, Magda, leads the Egyptian Jewish community, which numbers less than 100.

Nadia Haroun, who worked as a lawyer, is survived by her husband, activist Ahmed Qassem, along with two children, a son and daughter.

About a year ago, Egypt's Jewish community lost its former leader, Carmen Weinstein, who was known for her tireless work preserving synagogues and a once-sprawling Jewish cemetery. She was 82.

Egypt's once thriving Jewish community largely left more than 60 years ago at a time of hostilities between the country and Israel. Estimates say that since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, about 65,000 Jews left Egypt — most of them traveling to Europe and the West. Some settled in Israel.

An Egyptian policeman orders media to leave the area in front of the Jewish synagogue Shaar Hashamayim in Cairo, Egypt.Credit: AP

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