The Jews of Bukhara are an ethnic and linguistic group in Central Asia, claiming descent from 5th-century exiles from Persia.
And during this time a Jewish Quarter (Maḥalla) was established.Most Bukharan Jews have settled in the US, and the Ashkenazim have largely settled in Israel, Russia, and Germany.Today, the Jewish Quarter is known as the "Old Maḥalla," and its streets are indistinguishable from any other Muslim neighborhood.After spending the morning exploring the centuries-old Jewish Quarter there are, as you might expect, no specific kosher restaurants.Nevertheless, there are a couple of restaurants that are full of the charm of the East. Kalon Street is an Uzbek guesthouse in the old town, which was built by a Bukharian Jew at the end of the 19th century.Bukhara, the capital of the Bukhara Province of Uzbekistan, has been inhabited for at least five millennia and is over eighty-five per cent Muslim.
The city is located on the Silk Way, a historical network of interlinking trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass.
Also here is the Sephardic synagogue, which was given permission to be reopened in 1945.
This small synagogue is decorated with velvet and gold hangings, and there are Torahs dating back several hundred years.
Start the day in the Jewish Quarter and head to 20 Tsentrlnaya Street in the Old Town, where the main synagogue stands.
To note, the Quarter is somewhat of a labyrinth, with winding alleys so hiring a guide for a few dollars is worthwhile to save time.
Walking around there is the odd star, or bunch of flowers scattered between the many bare white tombstones.