Have you ever considered going to Southeast Asia for a Jewish excursion?
The Jews have had a very long history in Asia. Their settlements were created by Jewish immigrants, many of them fleeing from nations that persecuted them. Some communities thrived greatly, while others remained small due to government and religious conflicts.
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The Jewish community in Burma, also known as Myanmar, was established from the mid-19th century. The Jewish merchants who came there served as a station for imports and exports with overseas cities and British colonial rulers. Since the Jewish population grew, so did their economic status and philanthropic pursuits. The Japanese occupied Burma and expelled the Jews because they were thought to be British spies.
Following the Japanese occupation, just 300 Jews remained. However, this time, everything including their wealth was gone. With time, many Jewish families left the country. The changes in the authorities also forced the remnants to depart.
Now, there are roughly 20 Jews residing in Burma, such as the caretakers of the previous synagogue.
The previous synagogue, Musmeah Yeshua, has a towering high ceiling with lovely columns has been rebuilt in 1896. Before it’s 126 silver Torah scrolls, but currently there are just two. It was listed among the 188 Yangon heritage buildings and receives thousands of tourists each year.
The Little but Rich Jewish Community in Singapore
Here is a fun fact: Israel is among those few states who helped Singapore after it gained its independence from Malaysia.
The Jewish community is small, mostly Orthodox, but wealthy and very welcomed.
Maghain Aboth functions as a college to 150 students and a place to conduct bathroom rituals. There’s also a kosher shop that serves delicacies and goods from Israel. They also cater to events such as weddings, bar mitzvah and other events on their banquet hall.
The synagogue is excellent for Jewish excursion for tourists and vacationers alike due to the amenities available.
Who would have imagined a giant Menorah are available in one of the world’s most populous Muslim nation? And the fact it is the government’s initiative to construct a 62-foot menorah is remarkable also.
The earliest recorded history of Jewish community in Indonesia is composed by Jacob Saphire. He interviewed a local Jew who advised them that there are approximately 20 Jewish families in Batavia and several more in Surabaya and Semarang. The majority of the Jews were were an outsider into the colonial regime.