Jewish Quake Survivor Cries; “I Lost My Tefillin, I Fled From My Home With Only My Shoes”

Illustrative. Civil defense workers and residents search through the rubble of collapsed buildings in the town of Harem near the Turkish border, Idlib province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful earthquake has caused significant damage in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. Damage was reported across several Turkish provinces, and rescue teams were being sent from around the country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Ezra Jannoudi, a Jewish survivor from the beleaguered city of Antakya, which was severely affected by the earthquake in Turkey, told Kan News on Tuesday about the moments of horror he experienced.

“I lost everything, I don’t have tefillin or Tehillim,” he said in a voice choked with sobs.

He related how his building collapsed and he managed to run out with only his shoes.

Jannoudi said that he is currently outside Antakya but intends to return to the city only to assess the damage and will probably continue to Istanbul.

“Now I have nowhere to live,” he cried.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. I noticed the last sentence of the article.
    “Now I have no where to live.”
    I think it is a good idea to move out of non-friendly countries like Turkey, France, maybe also England, basically most of Europe and for sure Turkey.
    If this man was living in Israel and there was an earthquake, many many organizations will be running to him to help him. He is in Turkey, the airport is closed, how do you expect me to help you?
    I wish I was able to help.