Take a virtual tour of Haim synagogue- in Tehran, #Iran

There are different estimates as to how many functioning Synagogues there are in Tehran. I have heard numbers as high as 20, and as low as 12.

One of the oldest synagogues of Tehran is the Haim Synagogue, which was built 103 years ago. Its situated on 30 Tir avenue, near the British Embassy in Tehran. The synagogue is named after Rabbi (Hakham) Haim Mor-e. In the 1950s, it played host to fleeing Iraqi Jews, who immigrated to Israel, via Iran. They camped in the Synagogue.

These days the synagogue is only open on Shabbat and high holidays, due to the dwindling numbers of its congregants, mainly because of immigration.

With thanks to the 7Dorim site, Iran’s Jews community who do such a great job of keeping Iran’s Jewish heritage intact.

To start the virtual tour, click here

Passover prayers in Tehran’s synagogues

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, according to the 2006 census there were 9252 Jews in all of Iran.

There was another census carried out for 2012. The government did not publish the number of Jews. The only comment that was made by Mr Adel Azar the head of Iran Census was that the population of Jews during the past five years has decreased.

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.