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Old September 10th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #261
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Old October 1st, 2010, 12:41 AM   #262
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Old October 13th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #263
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Old December 28th, 2010, 12:55 AM   #264
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 06:32 PM   #265
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renovated ceiling, still missing chandeliers

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 06:34 PM   #266
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Also, update the synagogue is opening its doors sometime this year. I dunno from where they are getting the Torah for the place.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 10:07 PM   #267
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President of the Jewish Community Council of Beirut Isaac Arazi said that the Jewish Cemetery (in Sodeco) is going to be restored soon. At the moment, its just covered in vegetation.



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Old March 18th, 2011, 02:07 AM   #268
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Beirut synagogue restored to glory, despite tensions with Israel
The main Jewish prayer house in the Lebanese capital has been renovated beautifully, demonstrating tolerance for places of worship, although there is still residual anger in the country over its conflict with Israel.

The renovation of the Maghen Abraham Synagogue in downtown Beirut is nearing completion. Artists have been putting the finishing touches on the interior of the temple sanctuary, which was constructed in 1925 in the Wadi abu-Jmil district of the city, also home to the country's parliament buildings.

Renovations on the ruined synagogue in central Beirut began in 2009 after an agreement between various religious denominations and permission from the Lebanese government, planning authorities and even Hezbollah. The project received the green light after political officials and community leaders became convinced it could show that Lebanon is an open country, tolerant of many faiths including Judaism.

Renovations have included mending the gaping hole in the Moroccan-style synagogue's roof and repairing the chandeliers that once hung from it. The Torah ark and prayer benches will also be refurbished to their former states, having been seriously damaged in fighting between Muslim and Christian forces during the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war.

Several dozen Jews still living in Lebanon will fund the project to the tune of $200,000, along with others in the Diaspora. The project has also received a $150,000 grant from Solidere, a construction firm tasked with rebuilding central Beirut from the destruction of the civil war. The company is privately owned by the family of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister assassinated in 2005.

Lebanon's Jewish community is one of the country's 17 officially recognized faiths. Over the years the Lebanese Jewish community has dwindled due to emigration, including to Israel. The several dozen people in its remaining Jewish community hold few religious activities other than prayer services during the High Holidays. Many Jewish residents are in middle age or older, and affluent, and many live outside Lebanon, mostly in Europe.

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Old June 4th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #269
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Old June 6th, 2013, 10:02 AM   #270
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It has been fully refurbished which is great but is anyone visiting it? Better say does anyone dare to visit it??
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I went 2 weeks ago, its locked and they are still working on the interior, there was building material still. I dont think once its finished it will be open, I have a feeling it will be one of those no entry places because of its close proximity to the serail and because they would be afraid someone doing something malicious. But this is all speculation.
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I suggest to turn it to museum
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Old June 9th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #273
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The whole area is a museum already. A museum closed for public though. With the cameras, guards and policemen everywhere, it's not exactly welcoming.
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Old February 7th, 2017, 07:45 AM   #275
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A couple years ago, 4 heritage buildings adjacent to the Magen Abraham were demolished by Solidere. But, luckily, they're under construction again as part of a project called "RHR." Concrete works are well underway. You can check out the satellite view on wikimapia to see that works are indeed underway. This project should, hopefully, do justice to this once amazing neighborhood. Jews of Lebanon, come back!! http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33...&search=beirut








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Old June 21st, 2017, 05:09 PM   #276
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Old October 18th, 2017, 06:38 PM   #277
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From the inside of Magen Abraham Synagogue (works still on going) but looking beautiful!

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Old October 24th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #278
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Why is it taking so long? is it funding?
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Why is it taking so long? is it funding?
most likely, and i read that couple of times before.
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