A member of the Jewish community of Alexandria on Monday denied reports that Egyptian authorities had canceled Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayers in the city citing security concerns saying he would personally lead the services during the High Holidays.

Yousef Gaon, the caretaker of the Eliahou Hababi Synagogue, was quoted by a Jewish official as saying pearlers will be held at the 180-year-old house of worship this year albeit without an ordained rabbi or cantor.

 "The only difference is a rabbi and cantor who usually lead the services were denied entry to the country," the official, who is in close contact with the remaining Jews in the country, told The Jerusalem Post.

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