A MYSTIC KABBALAH CENTRE
Benjamin of Tudela visited a Jewish group in Messina during his journey (1170-73) to Jerusalem. In around 1280, Spanish Abraham Abulafia founded a mystic Kabbalah center in this town. The Jews worked as merchants, silk workers, tanners and dyers. Many of these industries disappeared from the island when Jews were forced to leave in 1492. The 1908 earthquake reduced the medieval city to rubble, along with all its Jewish vestiges.