Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the center of the homonymous administrative district. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Liakhvi. The name comes from a Georgian word gora, which means, "heap", or "hill". The city has an old history about the Jews which starts from the 17th century; at first they inhabited the area around Gori tower, since on Sundays a trade was held here and Jews were very involved in it. In the year 1866 there were 281 Jews living within the overall 5000 Gori population. Jewish inhabitants were usually merchants and craftsmen. In the 20th century the economy of Jewish population grew. In 1915 there were 104 Jews in Gori (approximately 16-17 families); they inhabited the same area. In 1946, during World War II, a legally registered community was established; under which was this community a synagogue, which was located on 16 Cheloskicenev St. The main Rabbi was Mordechay Davarashvili; he helped Zionist Aliyah in Israel. After the death of Rabbi Mordechay every holy book owned by him was handed to a synagogue. In this city you can find sites such as one big synagogue and Jewish graveyard.
The fall of Jerusalem happened in 586 BC and this is the time when Jewish refugees came into Kartli. It should be pointed out that these immigrants asked the governor for permission to inhabit the area, for which they would pay an appropriate amount. The governor of Mstkheta gave a helping hand to the refugees and allocated an area of River Aragvi for them, which was called Zanavi. Later these Jews moved to different towns and cities.
Kareli, a town in Shida Kartli, Georgia, is located on the river Mtkvari. There was a time when the number of Jews living in Kareli was fairly vast but today that is not the case, on this day the Jewish population is very small; it only consists of 400 beings. Some say the word “Kareli'' doesn't mean the “The place with wind”, and its actual origin is an Herbew word, of men, but that is just an assumption. In old times Jews were accounted as the workers of Tsitsishvili; later as the state peasants. Jews in Kareli usually were merchants and lived ordinary lives, their appearances and rules corresponded with Kareli’s population. The sites you can find in this town are Kareli Synagogue, which was built in the 20th century and a Jewish graveyard. Photo attribution: Nickniko, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
The Jewish Graveyard in Kareli dates back to the 19th century. The Graveyard was active until the second half of the 20th century, before the beginning of Aliyah, the Jewish immigration to Israel. Today, the cemetery is abandoned because it does not have a caretaker.
Kareli Synagogue, Located on 9 Jerusalem St, was built in the 20th century, with a brick as a building material. The synagogue was reconstructed in 1990. Today the synagogue is abandoned and inactive, therefore the condition of the building and its material is poor.
The Jewish Cemetery in Gori is located on the Kvernaki Range, this is a common cemetery where some Jewish graves are located. In the end of the 20th century, after the immigration of Jews to Israel the cemetery stopped being active, but it is well maintained. Hebrew inscriptions on the tombs are readable. Jews often come from Israel to visit the graves of their ancestors.