The community is smaller now than under the Ottoman Empire. Once, nine synagogues existed along Havra Sokak (Synagogue Street) in Izmir's bazaar. Today, three function. As in Istanbul, the Jewish community was moved to more desirable residential sections. Still, the heart of Izmir's Jewish life, "La Judiera," the bazaar area on the Street of Synagogues, had nine small synagogues serving the Jewish merchants and artisans working close by of which three are still used. Two are closed except on Saturday: Kadosh Mizrahi Synagogue, 927 Sokak no. 73 and Shalom (Aydin) Synagogue, 927 Sokak no. 38-C, through a short passage of a shoe shop. lsancak now is home to most of Izmir's Jewish population.
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