Tomorrow will be the first day of Passover.
Jews from around the world will go to their local synagogues to pray.
This includes the Jews of Iran.
Its not exactly known how many functioning synagogues there are in Iran.
What we know is that according to Tehran Municipality’s “Tehran Atlas” website, there are 25 synagogues in Tehran. According to the site, majority of Tehran’s Jews live in the central parts of the city, especially in districts 6 and 7.
There is also a Jewish charity hospital in Tehran which treats people of all religions.
Tehran’s Jews also have their own official website with content in Persian, English and Hebrew.
In terms of numbers, in 2006, according to the official census there were 9252 Jews in all of Iran.
I saw an article about a year ago in the Iranian press, which stated that the latest survey in Iran (2011) showed that there were approximately 8800 Jews left in Iran. I have been looking for it and can’t seem to find it again.
Such a number sounds reasonable as emigration, caused mainly by the deteriorating economic situation and dwindling numbers among the youth has meant that more people are still leaving, mainly to the United States. This is why no new synagogues are being built in the country.
I miss my synagogue so much. My barmitzvah was held there.
It was established in the mid 70s. Before that, for a number of months my parents used to host local fellow Jews in our living room for prayers.
Wish everyone a happy Passover. Below is a presentation of Tehran’s synagogues. Listen to the Koranic melody of the recital of the Jewish prayers. Very beautiful.