A lot of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut however there have been additionally communities in different cities like Saida and Tripoli and there are nonetheless intact synagogues primarily in Saida, Bhamdoun and Deir el Qamar. The Synagogues within the Chouf space had been constructed to serve the native Jewish inhabitants, a few of whom had been a part of the fast entourage of Fakhr-al-Din II.
Our pal Jad Ghorayeb paid a go to to The Synagogue of Bhamdoun final week and took some superior photos that I assumed are price sharing. Earlier than doing so, right here’s some data on the Synagogue taken from Al-Jazeera:
The Synagogue of Bhamdoun continues to be intact sufficient to provide a way of what as soon as was. Exterior, grand steps main as much as the constructing’s patio are ignored by two giant tablets bearing the 10 commandments in Hebrew.
Inside, a chipped, raised stone slab signifies the previous presence of a bima, the equal of a mosque minbar or church pulpit, the place sermons, speeches and the Torah would probably have been learn. A number of metres away, in the midst of the principle wall, is a fireplace-like recess flanked by columns that was probably the “holy Ark”, the place the Torah scrolls would have been saved. The deep royal blue paint marking out this sacred space is peeling.
A gallery on the second flooring, coated in garbage from varied vagrant inhabitants, marks out the place the ladies would as soon as have sat. Often called the New Temple as a result of it was one of many final synagogues to be inbuilt Lebanon, Nagi Zeidan, (a Lebanese historian who’s writing a e-book concerning the nation’s Jews) dated the Bhamdoun synagogue – as soon as the most important in Lebanon – again to 1922.
I additionally discovered a current video of the Synagogue shared on the Lebanese Jewish Group Council: