Synagogue in Beirut to be refurbished


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A damaged synagogue in Beirut is set to be renovated.

The Magen Avraham synagogue, the main Jewish house of worship in central Beirut, was damaged during fighting in the Lebanese Civil War. The Lebanese government, Hezbollah and the Jewish religious denominations needed to agree for the renovations to go ahead, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported.

Damages include a large hole in the roof and to the Torah ark and prayer benches.

Money to fund the repairs is coming from private donors inside and outside of Lebanon, as well as from a construction firm owned by the family of assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Harari.

Lebanon’s Jewish community is one of the country’s 17 officially recognized faiths. Several dozen Jews remain in the country, according to Ha’aretz.

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