Jews of Lebanon

Documentary film by Yves Turquier. (La petite histoire des juifs du Liban, 2006)

This 77-minute documentary is a rare exploration of one of the smaller Jewish communities of Arab lands. The ruined Beirut synagogue is a forlorn reminder of a once 14,000-strong community driven to extinction. Jews who lived in this Switzerland of the Middle East recall fondly the good times on the shores of the Mediterranean, as well as moments of terror after 1948 when to be a Jew in an Arab country became synonymous with Israeli. The film also looks at the present Lebanese Jewish diaspora scattered from Mexico to Israel and France to Brazil. Discussion to follow

Wednesday 24 September
Holland Park Synagogue
8 St James’s Gardens, London W11
£8 /£6 (full-time students and Spiro Ark membership card holders)

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