Saving a Syrian Synagogue

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RSVP Required
Free Event
Arts & Culture
Included Items: 
panel discussion
For centuries, a synagogue in Jobar, Syria, served as a holy gathering site for Jews, Christians, and Muslims who came to see the cave where the prophet Eliyahu Hanavi, also known as Elijah, hid to escape persecution. Now, the almost-six-year war in Syria has devastated the country, including Jobar.

At a special program on Wednesday, February 15, at 7 p.m., find out about the interfaith effort to save the synagogue and the artifacts within it.

As the violence in Syria intensified, residents banded together to save the Jobar synagogue. In the midst of violent atrocities, their leader reached across religions and nations for support, including to the chief rabbi of Syria. Shelling by the Syrian regime destroyed the synagogue in May 2014, but because of the heroic efforts of a Muslim man, some of its Judaica survived. His efforts testify to the humanity and character of ordinary Syrians caught in the maelstrom of war. 

Adam Entous, Staff Writer, the Washington Post
Rabbi Avraham Hamra, Chief Rabbi of Syria
Aahed Sulayman, a Syrian man who sought to save the synagogue 

Naomi Kikoler, Deputy Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at If you are unable to attend in person, please tune in to a webcast of the program at #WithSyria