I am often asked about the Jewish community in Iran. I have also written a number of blog posts about them.
According to a new article by the Associated Press, life under President Rouhani has improved for Iran’s Jewish community which according to a 2006 census numbered 9252 souls.
It is safe to assume that this number has decreased over to years, due to ageing and more importantly, continued immigration mainly to the U.S.
Click to read the article: Iran’s Jews find greater acceptance under Rohani
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.