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Leader of Lebanon’s tiny Jewish community dies at 80

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

(JTA) — Isaac Arazi, who as former president of Lebanon’s tiny Jewish community led the rehabilitation of Beirut’s abandoned Magen Avraham synagogue, died Tuesday. He was 80.

A lawyer for the community, which numbers less than 30, confirmed his death to Agence France-Presse.

Arazi headed the Lebanese Jewish Community Council, which represented the remnant of the estimated 22,000 Jews who lived in Lebanon before the civil war that lasted from 1975-1989. Terrorists targeted Jews for kidnapping and murder during the war;...


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