Lebanon - Eretz Zion and Jerusalem

The community of Lebanese Jewry and the next generation

The beginning of the Jewish settlement in Lebanon dates back to biblical times. It became significantly stronger with the expulsion of Spain and the settlement of some of the exiles on the Lebanese coastal plain. At the end of the 19th century, about 2,500 Jews lived in Lebanon and their number steadily increased. In fact, after the establishment of the State of Israel, the Jewish community in Lebanon was the only one in Arab countries whose number increased.

Zionist organizations such as the Scouts and Maccabi operated in the Beirut community, and local athletes led by Hebrew teacher Moshe Kamchin even participated in the 2nd Maccabiah. In addition, there was underground activity in Lebanon and local Jews assisted in smuggling Jews to Israel from Syria, Iraq and other countries by sea, air and land.

Community member Shula Cohen Kishik, led the immigration of Lebanese Jews and Arab countries to Israel between the years 1947-1961, and transmitted intelligence information to Israel. In 1961 she was arrested and sentenced to death. Under international pressure, her sentence was commuted to 7 years in prison. After the Six Day War, she was released as part of a prisoner exchange deal and immigrated to Israel.

Mass immigration from Lebanon began after the Six Day War, and following the Civil War in 1975 an absolute majority of Jews emigrated and only a small number of Jews remained in Beirut.
The connection to Israel and to Jerusalem never ceased throughout the years. In addition to contributing to the immigration of Jews and to security, wealthy Lebanese Jews invested in Israel’s economy and in building educational, medical, cultural and religious institutions. This group includes the Safra family, the Sakal family, the Cuba family and many others. Despite their tremendous contribution – covert and overt – to the building of Israel, the Jews of Lebanon never flaunted it and maintained their modest attitude.

About the event

We all meet and celebrate the resurgence of the culture of the Jews from Arab countries and Iran, together with communities around the world.
Connect to a special broadcast like you’ve never seen before!
You can take part interactively, and might even be seen on screen.
Guests, artists, music and stories come together in an uplifting one-time event.

Pictures from the life and tradition of the communities

משרד ירושלים ומורשת Jerusalem and heritage
המשרד לשיוויון חברתי

Indiquez vos noms et adresse électronique et nous enverrons un mail de rappel et le lien vers l’événement.
Vous pourrez le visionner en tout lieu, sur votre ordinateur ou votre smartphone.
Nous nous réjouissons de vous compter parmi nous !

Vous êtes invités à participer dans la salle de votre communauté et nous vous verrons peut-être à l’écran !
La salle est limitée à 1 000 participants pour chaque communauté – ne perdez pas un instant pour vous inscrire et réserver votre place.
Avant l’événement nous vous enverrons un rappel et un lien pour que vous puissiez vous connecter de partout avec un ordinateur muni d’une webcam ou un smartphone.

Fill in your details below, and we’ll send you a notification to your email address, and a link to the actual event. You can choose to watch the event anywhere, through any computer or smartphone. Looking forward to having you amongst our viewers!

Feel free to join your community room, and we may feature you on the live broadcast!
The place is limited to 1,000 participants in each community – so hurry to register and secure a place.
Closer to the event, we will send you a reminder and a link, so you can join from anywhere using a computer with a camera or smartphone.

מלאו את הפרטים ונשלח לכם למייל תזכורת ואת הקישור לאירוע עצמו.
תוכלו לצפות מכל מקום – באמצעות מחשב או סמארטפון.
נשמח לראותכם בין אורחינו!

מוזמנים להצטרף לחדר הקהילה שלכם, ואולי נשתף אתכם בשידור!
המקום מוגבל ל-1,000 משתתפים בכל קהילה – מהרו להירשם ולהבטיח מקום.
חדרי הקהילה יפתחו כחצי שעה לפני השידור. סמוך לאירוע, נשלח אליכם תזכורת וקישור, כך תוכלו להצטרף מכל מקום באמצעות מחשב עם מצלמה או סמארטפון.