Luckily the damage was only minor according to the Lebanese Jewish Community Council, that told The961 that repairs, which have been paid for by few Jewish families in Lebanon, are underway.
Many reached out to help, but since the synagogue is currently being taken care of, the council spokesperson told us, “We asked people who generously offered to donate to save their money and/or donate to other very worthy causes in Lebanon after the unfortunate explosion.”
The Maghen Abraham, located in what is regarded as the Jewish district of Wadi Abu Jamil, was constructed in 1925.
By the 1940s, it was estimated that there were 14,000 Lebanese Jews living in the country. The Lebanese-Jewish community reportedly reached its peak in the 1950s.
Today, however, it has been reduced to a couple of dozen people.
Nevertheless, the synagogue’s presence is a testament to the coexistence between the faiths; between “each of Lebanon’s religious denominations and minorities, regardless of the controversy which surrounds them,” (The961).