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In Central Asia, the community attempted to preserve their traditions while displaying loyalty to the government.World War II and the Holocaust brought a lot of Ashkenazi Jewish refugees from the European regions of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through Uzbekistan.Around 1620, the first synagogue was constructed at Bukhara city, this was done in contravention of the law prescribed to Caliph Omar who forbade the construction of new non-Muslim places of worship including synagogues as well as forbade the destruction of those that existed in the pre-Islamic period.

One theory is that Bukharan Jews may be descended from the Tribe of Napthali and the Tribe of Issachar of the Lost Tribes of Israel The Bukharan Jews are considered one of the oldest ethno-religious groups of Central Asia and over the years they have developed their own distinct culture.The appellative Bukharian was adopted by Bukharan Jews who moved to English-speaking countries, in an anglicisation of the Hebrew Bukhari.However, Bukharan was the term used historically by English writers, as it was for other aspects of Bukhara.Traditionally Bukhori (Tajik Persian), Tajik, Russian, Hebrew (Israel), English (USA, Canada, UK, and Australia), and German (Austria and Germany) spoken in addition and to a lesser extent, Uzbek for those who remain in Uzbekistan.‬), are Jews from Central Asia who historically spoke Bukhori, a Tajik dialect of the Persian language.Their name comes from the former Central Asian Emirate of Bukhara, which once had a sizable Jewish community, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the great majority have immigrated to Israel or to the United States (especially Forest Hills, New York), while others have immigrated to Europe or Australia.In the middle of the 19th century, Bukharan Jews began to move to Palestine, the land on which they settled in Jerusalem was named the Bukharim quarter (Sh'hunat Ha Bucharim) and still exists today.

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