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Synagogue Maghen Abraham

Rue Wadi Abu Jamile | Beirut Central District, Beirut, Lebanon
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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.
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1 May 2017
“Seems closed to the public”
1 Mar 2017
“Does it actually exist ?”
Rue Wadi Abu Jamile | Beirut Central District, Beirut, Lebanon
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Can only confirm PurplegirlEssex experience, unfortunately the synagogue seems to be closed to the public as of April 2017. None of the soldiers standing guard in the vicinity knew anything about it, Ministry of tourismn would not answer the phone.

2  Thank karld535
Reviewed 1 March 2017

After having visited mosques and churches, we wanted to see the synagogue. Walked down five different streets that were supposed to lead to it, but every one had a road block. So in Feb 2017, I really have no idea if it is actually open...More

3  Thank PurplegirlEssex
Reviewed 29 September 2015

i think in the future this will be an important touristic site in beirut, looks great after the restorations

Thank Michel H
Reviewed 29 May 2015

The Maghen Abraham Synagogue is one of the main synagogues in Lebanon. Located in the Jewish district of Wadi Abu Jamil in Beirut, the synagogue was destroyed during the Lebanese Civil War. Restoration of the synagogue began in May 2009

2  Thank futbolmania999
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Went to Lebanon almost 8 years ago and what I loved about it is seeing mosques, churches and this sinagogue (the only one I believe in Beirut). A bit difficult to find but definitely had a wow factor!

3  Thank MaEx84
Reviewed 30 December 2013

worth walking to this synagogue and reflecting on the freedom of religion that used to be evident in old Beirut. The synagogue is maintained by contributions by overseas Lebanese faithful, but is not a living synagogue. Interesting historically.

5  Thank Denise095
Reviewed 6 December 2013

In a country where 18 type of sectes exist, and a church is located next to a mosque, it is very nice to preserve the only landmark that reminds Lebanese of the jewish community that used to live there. The synagogue is very nice and...More

4  Thank Therese00
Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

But good IT still excist, there is even a Jewish cemetary in Beirut, thats next To a french evangelical cemetary. Difficult To Find too, closed for public i think.

3  Thank CilB
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