Among the Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews of the Middle East, the title "Hacham Bashi/חכם באשי" was given to the Chief Rabbi of a certain provence of the Ottoman Empire. Above is the late Chief Rabbi of Aleppo, Syria, Rabbi Ya'akov Shaul Dwek of blessed memory.
Jewish pupils in the Maimonides school in ‘Amārah al Juwwānīyah, in the historic Maison Lisbona in Damascus. The photo was taken shortly before the exodus of most of the remaining Syrian Jewish community in 1992
Syria is “juden rein”. The last Syrian Jews have now been evacuated by a very secret operation in Halav (Aleppo), and there are no more Jews living in Syria. This has brought the end of over 3000 years of Jewish existence in Syria.