Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue information

Yangon (Rangoon) , Myanmar (Burma)
Address
Street 85 26th St
Extras Pabedan
Opening hours
10am-noon & 4-6pm
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Watched over by trustee Moses Samuels, a member of Yangon’s now tiny community of Jews, the lovingly maintained interior of this 1896 building contains a bimah (platform holding the reading table for the Torah) in the centre of the main sanctuary and a women’s balcony upstairs. The wooden ceiling features the original blue-and-white Star of David motif.

The synagogue was once the focal point of an influential community of Sephardic Jews from India and Baghdad that at its height in the early 20th century numbered 2500. Very occasionally services are held in the synagogue.

Mr Samuels' son Sammy runs the tour agency Myanmar Shalom (info@myanmarshalom.com); it's best to contact him directly to be sure of gaining access to the synagogue or if you have specific questions about the Jews of Yangon.