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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue | Yangon | Myanmar (Burma) | by I Prahin | www.southeastasia-images.com
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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue | Yangon | Myanmar (Burma)

The crumbling Moseah Yeshua Synagogue (85 26th St), near Mahabandoola Rd, was founded over 100 years ago by Sephardic Jews. In the classic Sephardic style, it contains a bimah (platform holding the reading table) 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.

 

Myanmar had around 2500 Jews – a combination of B’nai Israel, Cochin (Indian) and Iraqi heritages – until nationalisation in the 1960s and ’70s, when many began leaving the country. Today there are no more than 25 or so Jews left in the country.

 

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Taken on January 19, 2011