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“Hidden treasure”

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue
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Owner description: Dating from 1896, this is the only Jewish temple remaining in the city.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

A walk through teeming streets leads to a hidden treasure . Outside you see a Star of David and inside there is an amazingly well preserved synagogue . Moses Samuel gave us a wonderful tour inspite of his throat infirmity. Well worth a visit. Open 10-12am

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fascinating insight.”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Beautiful experience. The man who welcomed us & showed us around told us there are now just 25 Jews in Yangon. We saw the Torah and relly enjoyed the atmosphere of the synagogue.

Visited October 2013
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Ajijic, Mexico
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“You Need To See This”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

According to the Planet Guide this Synagogue is "crumbling." Nothing could be further from the truth! It has been lovingly preserved and maintained. It was built in the Baghdadi style. In the holy cupboard are two Torah scrolls, embedded in wooden boxes, covered with hammered silver which is typical of Babylonian Jewish observance.
Most of Yangon's Jews emigrated after the founding of Israel and the withdrawal of the British, so there is not much active worship here. Records of the Jewish community, such as marriage documents, are stored here, so there is considerable historical importance on site.
The caretaker is mute, but manages to express himself well enough and is very accommodating to visitors. To enter the building you need to find the bell and be persistent as the caretaker is likely to be on the upper floors and you are on the street as there is a heavy
steel gate for security reasons. Visiting Jews can offer prayer there on Fridays and during holy days. Of interest are the many photographs of people like Ben Gurion and Abba Eban from
when they visited Rangoon. The caretaker will offer you literature about the history of the Synagogue and, should you desire, collect whatever you care to contribute.

Visited July 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Perfectly preserved, beautiful synagogue. Hidden away downtown, next to a mosque. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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McLean VA
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259 reviews
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“Worth a detour”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

A synagogue in the middle of crumbling Yangon? Hard to believe but there is a remarkably well-preserved one that is worth a visit. This is an easy stop if you making a walking tour from the Aung San market to the Strand hotel.

Visited August 2013
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