Isaac Hasbani is a Chicago based Engineer. He was born in November 1947 to a Syrian Jewish family in Beirut. Both of Isaac’s parents came from Damascus and fled Anti-Semitic riots before he was born. His mother was on vacation in Lebanon when her father called and told her “Don’t come back,” he had decided to abandon his clinic and follow her to Lebanon which was considered much safer for Jews at the time. In 1948 the Syrian government had sent many Jews to prison, accusing them of being Zionists. Although his father had been a candidate previously running to be the Jewish Member of the Syrian Parliament and his grandfather had served in the Syrian Army.