Have you considered going to Southeast Asia for a Jewish trip?
The Jews have had a 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 religious and government conflicts.
Here are some sites which are that you should include in your next Jewish vacation.
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. Many Jews became successful in business and some even served as government officials. Since the Jewish population grew, so did their economic standing and philanthropic activities. The Japanese occupied Burma and expelled the Jews because they were believed to be British spies.
After the Japanese occupation, only 300 Jews remained. However, this time, everything including their wealth was gone. Over time, many Jewish families left the country. The changes in the authorities also forced the remnants to depart.
Now, there are approximately 20 Jews residing in Burma, including the caretakers of the previous synagogue.
The previous synagogue, Musmeah Yeshua, has a soaring high ceiling with beautiful columns was rebuilt in 1896. Before it’s 126 silver Torah scrolls, but currently there are only two. It was listed among the 188 Yangon heritage buildings and receives thousands of tourists every year.
The Little but Rich Jewish Community in Singapore
Here is a fun fact: Israel is among the 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 bath rituals. There’s also a kosher store that serves delicacies and products from Israel. They also cater to events such as weddings, bar mitzvah and other occasions on their banquet hall.
The synagogue is excellent for Jewish excursion for tourists and vacationers alike due to the amenities available.
The 62-foot Tall Menorah in Indonesia
Who would have imagined that 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 as well.
The earliest recorded history of Jewish community in Indonesia is written by Jacob Saphire. He interviewed a local Jew who advised them that there are approximately 20 Jewish families in Batavia and few more in Surabaya and Semarang. Most of the Jews were merchants and were an ally to the colonial regime.