The Magen Abraham Synagogue has been undergoing an extensive renovation for the past five years. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Beirut's Maghen Abraham Synagogue has not been reopened and no date has been set for the building's re-inauguration, said Bassem al-Hout, a lawyer and mukhtar for Lebanon's Jewish community.According to Hout, who facilitates the legal side of Jewish marriages, deaths, divorces and births in Lebanon, there are around 400 remaining Lebanese Jews, most of whom live in and around Beirut.Hout, who is Muslim, took on the unique position as mukhtar to Lebanon's Jewish population after his father, who had held the same position since 1978 . Like many Lebanese, the majority of the Jewish population fled Lebanon during the Civil War.Since the Israeli occupation, many Lebanese fail to distinguish between the Jewish faith, which has been present in modern-day Lebanon for millennia, and the modern Zionist state.
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