Leader of Egypt's Jewish community dies

CAIRO - The leader of Egypt's dwindling and aging Jewish community, known for her tireless work preserving synagogues and a once-sprawling Jewish cemetery, has died at the age of 82.
  
Carmen Weinstein died Saturday and will be buried on Thursday in the Bassatine cemetery she has worked to save since 1978. It is the only Jewish cemetery left in Cairo and is the largest in Egypt.
  
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.
  
According to a friend of Weinstein, only around 40 Egyptian Jews remain in the country, split between Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria that was also once a thriving multicultural and cosmopolitan hub.
 

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