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Saudi Arabia Meet the Rabbi Bringing Judaism to Saudi Arabia

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With his black Hasidic coat, flat brimmed hat and long beard, Rabbi Yaakov Herzog must look like a strange sight on the streets of Riyadh, but that’s exactly where he is hoping to relocate after years of working with Jewish expats living in Saudi Arabia.

No native Jewish community remains in the Arabian kingdom, which sits less than 11 miles from Israel and can even be seen from high ground around Eilat. However, in recent years the country has seen an influx of Jews – coming either for tourism, business purposes or on behalf of the U.S. military, which maintains a heavy presence on the peninsula.