To the right of the door of the former shamash lodgings, now the main synagogue office, there is a small rhyming Hebrew inscription that certainly pre-dates its present location. It honours a group of people, who can no longer be conclusively identified, and reads enigmatically: “A memorial to the (?) priests and deputies of the priest, both the former and the latter ones, ... of the residents, in three (?) years, decent in (?) troubles, (?) named among the faithful ones.”

During Evlagon’s time, this inscription was obscured by whitewash, while today it is hidden by foliage during spring and summer months.

Photo 1: © Anastasios Skikos

Photo 2: © Etz Hayyim Synagogue

Inscription on caretaker’s lodge

View of caretaker’s lodge

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