Ranked #16 of 27 Cultural in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
Built in 1925, Beirut's only Synagogue, Maghen Abraham, lies within the downtown Solidère area, below the hilltop Grand...
Built in 1925, Beirut's only Synagogue, Maghen Abraham, lies within the downtown Solidère area, below the hilltop Grand Serail building. The surrounding area, known as Wadi Abou Jamile, was historically the Jewish neighbourhood of Beirut. Ironically, the synagogue was damaged by the heavy Israeli bombings in 1982, when all of Beirut suffered the greatest destruction. At the time, Beirut's Jewish population was still sizeable, but sadly it has dwindled down to a small number of people who often hide their identity for security reasons. For a while, the Synagogue remained neglected awaiting its fate, because in Lebanon the restoration of religious buildings is the responsibility of the individual religious groups. With the lack of any sizeable local Jewish community today, the restoration took forever to get organised, but expatriate Lebanese Jews and related organisations have recently donated the necessary funds.