The Jewish community of Beirut evolved in three distinct phases.
Thus, from a few hundred at the beginning of the 19th century, the Jewish community grew to 2,500 by the end of the century, and to 3,500 by the First World War.
They allied themselves with Pierre Gemayel's Phalangist Party (a fascist right wing, Maronite group modelled after similar movements in Italy and Germany, and Franco's Phalangist movement in Spain.) and played an instrumental role in the establishment of Lebanon as an independent state.
During the Greater Lebanon period, two Jewish newspapers were founded, the Arabic language Al-Alam al-Israili (the Israelite World) and the French Le Commerce du Levant, an economic periodical which still publishes (though it is now owned by non-Jews).
Our BBQ is the best, our strawberry cake will make your tastebuds explode, our catfish is plentiful (along with a side of hushpuppies), our Farmers' Market and our new Community Garden will put loads of fresh produce on your table all season long.
You can spend a day in town shopping and antiquing, or enjoy a movie at the cinema.