Lebanon: Living side by side
Believe it, we still have synagogues in Beirut. Even though this synagogue needs refurbishing, it stands tall and will always remain where it is. Lebanon, and more specifically Beirut's Wadi Abu Jmil area had a thriving community of Lebanese-Jews living side by side with the 18 different religions of Lebanon. This country, unlike what you hear on the uninformed media, respects all people and is open to all religions in the world. And believe me, we have place for one or two more. We are not counting anymore, much the contrary. And we are definitely and will never be closed down by a single religion in Lebanon, because this goes against any principle which holds this country together. It might be a chaotic country, it probably shouldn't work, but it has, does and always will. No matter what!
Some facts about Downtown's Synagogue:
.Called: Maghen Abraham Synagogue
. Built in 1925 and means Abraham's Shield
. Named after one of the local Lebanese-Jewish community members
.Joseph Harhi, head of the 14,000 strong Lebanese-Jewish community moved the Torahs in 1976 to Geneva. Now most of them are found in Sephardic Synagogues in Israel.
. The land on which the Synagogue is built is owned by the Lebanese-Jewish community Council, and by law, all places of worship are categorized as historical sites whose corresponding religious communities must assume responsibility for restoration.
. There are still about 100 members of the Lebanese-Jewish community still in Lebanon
. The Synagogue is clearly illustrated on all official Downtown Beirut maps with a Star of David