Have you considered going to Southeast Asia for a Jewish trip?

Jews have had a long history in Asia. Their settlements were established by Jewish immigrants, many of them fleeing countries that persecuted them. Some communities prospered enormously, while others remained small due to religious and governmental conflicts.

Here are some sites that you should include on your next Jewish vacation.

The last synagogue in Burma

The Burmese Jewish community, also known as Myanmar, was established in the mid-19th century. The Jewish merchants who arrived there served as a channel for imports and exports with overseas cities and British colonial rulers. Many Jews were successful in business and some even served as government officials. As the Jewish population grew, so did its financial position and philanthropic activities. But everything changed during World War II. The Japanese occupied Burma and expelled the Jews because they were believed to be British spies.

After the Japanese occupation, only 300 Jews remained. But this time, everything, including his wealth, was gone. Over time, many Jewish families left the country. Changes in government also forced the remnants to leave.

Now, there are approximately 20 Jews living in Burma, including the keepers of the last synagogue.

The last synagogue Musmeah YeshuaIt has a very high ceiling with beautiful columns. It was rebuilt in 1896. It used to have 126 silver Torah scrolls, but now there are only two. It was listed as one of the 188 heritage buildings in Yangon and receives thousands of tourists every year.

Singapore’s small but rich Jewish community

Here’s a fun fact: Israel is one of the few countries that helped Singapore after it gained its independence from Malaysia.

For this reason, Israelis are very famous and respected in Singapore. The Jewish community is small, mostly Orthodox, but rich and very welcome.

There are two synagogues in Singapore: The Chesed-El and Maghain Aboth. Maghain Aboth serves as a school for 150 students and a place to perform bathing rituals. There is also a kosher shop serving Israeli delicacies and products. They also cater events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other occasions in their banquet hall.

The synagogue is ideal for Jewish travel for both businessmen and tourists due to the facilities available.

The 62 foot tall menorah in Indonesia

Who would have imagined that a giant Menorah can be found in one of the most populous Muslim countries in the world? And the fact that it is a government initiative to build a 62-foot menorah is also remarkable.

The first recorded history of the Jewish community in Indonesia is written by Jacob Saphire. He interviewed a local Jew who told them that there are around 20 Jewish families in Batavia and few more in Surabaya and Semarang. Most of the Jews were merchants and were allies of the colonial regime.

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