The Ohel Moishe Synagogue was founded in 1907 to serve the Russian Jewish community that flourished in Shanghai. Newly renovated and re-opened to the public in 2008, now serves as the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.
The synagogue / museum is located at 62 Chang Yang Road in Shanghai's historic Hongkou (pronounced "Hong Ko") district located north of the Bund and Suzhou Creek.
The site includes a former synagogue and a small art gallery and the introductory video that explains a bit about the history of Jews in Shanghai.
The synagogue itself has no religious decoration and is not a functioning place of worship anymore. But the curators did their best to make it look like the building where Russian Jews, and then European Jewish refugees worshiped until the end of World War II.
Currently, the only subway line 4, stops near the Dalian Road and Yangshupu Roads. It is best to take a taxi.
Admission: 50rmb, less for students with ID and free for children.Opening hours: daily 9:00-5pm. How much time to spend? 1 hour (max).
Unfortunately, the museum is not as rich as it could get the big story of the Jewish community in Shanghai. Even members of the community is actively working with the Shanghai Municipal Government to enrich the education of Shanghai's Jewish heritage, the museum itself over-deliver.
The best thing to do is a tour of the area of Shanghai Jews organization. Spend half a day on a guided tour of the Hongkou District and you learn the fascinating story of the Jewish community in Shanghai.
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Submited at Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 8:00 pm on Asia by dave
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