Wire Service: AP
On September 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Cyprus' Jewish community inaugurated the island's first synagogue in the seaside city of Larnaca yesterday. 'This is a historic event for Cyprus,' Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger told a 100-strong crowd at the ceremony. 'We are very happy Cyprus is open to all religions.' The ceremony included the introduction of a Torah scroll and the laying of the cornerstone for a mikveh ritual bath. 'Cyprus is a state where all religions are tolerated and we welcome the Jewish synagogue,' Cypriot Education Minister Pefkios Georgiades said. Until now, Cyprus was the only European Union member to lack a synagogue."