Inside the synagogue, historical photographs of Burmese-Israeli relations are displayed

Today, the synagogue is one of Rangoon’s urban heritage sites, a popular tourist destination, preserved by surviving family members of Moses Samuels. Moses Samuels passed away on May 29, 2015.

An interfaith friendship ceremony was held on December 8, with the US-funded renovation of the synagogue completed in 2013. Union Minister for President’s Office U Aung Min; US Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell and the Ambassador of Israel Mr. Hagay Moshe Behar attended.

Myanmar’s only synagogue was one of the top 10 most visited places for foreign visitors to Rangoon. On June 6, 2016, the Yangon Urban Heritage Trust (YHT) installed the 13th blue plaque on Yangon’s historic colonial-era Massachusetts Jewish Temple.

Inside the synagogue, historical photographs of Burmese-Israeli relations are displayed, as well as two Jewish sacred books. Although there were only 19 Jews in Myanmar in 2015, the synagogue, built 125 years ago, stands out not only as an ancient structure but also as one of Rangoon’s heritage sites. The Massachusetts Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., except on Sundays.

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