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Gerzengel (Gerzangel, Gir Zingil, Gar Zangl, גרזנגל, گر زنگل), Iraq

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Summary

The village of Gerzengel (Gerzangel, Gir Zingil, Gar Zangl, גרזנגל, گر زنگل) in Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Description

The village was mostly farmers who worked the land. According to a former resident, they grew wheat, rice, and raised cattle. The synagogue was not a standalone building but rather they would pray in a room in one of the houses. They would sit on the floor and they did not always have a Torah available, it took a number of years until someone purchased one. 

Similarly, there was not a full time teacher for the young boys who wanted to study, but rather a traveling teacher would visit the village to teach. 

The cemetery was on the outskirts of the village. 

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