Ohel Moishe Synagogue & Jewish Refugees Museum

The Ohel Moishe Synagogue was built by the Russian Ashkenazi Jewish community in 1927 and lies in the heart of the 1940s Jewish ghetto.

Today it houses the Shànghǎi Jewish Refugees Museum, a moving introduction to the lives of the approximately 20,000 Central European refugees who fled to Shànghǎi to escape the Nazis. Slip a pair of shower caps over your shoes to look at the synagogue itself (in the main building). Then head outside to the exhibition halls in the courtyard.

The exhibition is rounded off with a moving quote from the writer, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel: ‘The past is in the present, but the future is still in our hands’.

There are English-language tours every hour, from 9.30-11.30am and 1-4pm.

Don't Miss

  • Synagogue
  • Guided tour
  • Courtyard exhibition halls

Top Tips

  • English-language tours run every hour, from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 4pm.

Take a Break

  • Head across the road to the Whitehorse Inn for coffee and a Viennese cake.

Getting There

Metro Line 12 to Tilanqiao.



A sobering tribute to the thousands of Jewish refugees who fled to Shànghǎi during the Holocaust.