MUSMEAH YESHUA SYNAGOGUE

History is alive and well at the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Yangon’s only Jewish house of worship

To read about my visit to Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, visit the blog here: Walking the History of the Jews of Burma For all my High-Resolution images of the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue: Click Here Entrance Fee: Free for locals and foreigners Visiting Hours: The synagogue is open daily from 9:30am until 12:00pm Location: The Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is located in downtown Yangon on the corner of 26th Street and Maha Bandula (Mahabandoola) Street and not very far from the famous Sule Pagoda

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

The history of Jews in Burma is mainly tied to that of the Jews in India and the development of the British Empire. In the 19th century, Jewish merchants from India and Baghdad began establishing sizable communities in Rangoon and Mandalay trading cotton and rice. At its height the community of Jews in Burma stood at 2,500 members. Jews were so established that Rangoon had a Jewish mayor in the early 20th century!

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

The Mesmuah Yeshua Synagogue in Yangon is the only synagogue left in Yangon (and most likely all of Myanmar) and you’ll be blown away not only by its beauty but its sheer size. Immaculately kept, the 2-story temple which was built in 1896 and once housed 126 Torah scrolls, still maintains its presence amongst the street market outside. Most of the electronic, food and clothing vendors each carry signs adorned with a Magen David (Star of David) which mean that first, you are close to the synagogue, and second, that tourists should visit their shops!

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

The synagogue, located down the road from the famous Sule Pagoda, is built with blue and white tile, blends a British Colonial-era feel with the warmth of a small-town American synagogue. It’s a must-see in downtown Yangon for history buffs and culture cravers. For all my High-Resolution images of the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue: Click Here

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Phillip Harbor

Author, blogger, photographer, all-around world traveler

Israeli Abroad

IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!