Steadfast family sustains Myanmar shul - Arts & Features

Steadfast family sustains Myanmar shul

DAN FELLNER | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00 am

At first glance, there is nothing extraordinary about the two-story synagogue nestled between paint and fabric shops on 26th Street in bustling downtown Yangon, Myanmar. It’s certainly not the oldest, largest or most architecturally ornate synagogue you’ll see overseas.

Yet in its own way, Musmeah Yeshua is one of the most notable Jewish houses of worship in the world. The fact that it still survives – and functions – is a testament to a determined Jewish-Burmese family that has almost single-handedly sustained Judaism in a country in which a once-thriving Jewish population has dwindled to only about 20 people.

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