Shanghai's Jewish Heritage

Shanghai, Shanghai and Eastern China, China

Dive into the fascinating Jewish heritage of Shanghai, visiting the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto in Hongkou District, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue and the Children's Palace.

Between 1941 to 1945, approximately 23,000 of Jewish refugees in Shanghai were relocated to the Hongkou District where they were aided with shelter and daily necessities. After the liberation in September 1945 and the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948, many of the Jews in Shanghai had left but there are still a handful who still live in the Hongkou District.

Inside the district, one can also find the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, established by Russian Jewish immigrants circa 1907. In 2014, it was converted to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum with exhibits and a memorial statue commemorating the lives and experiences of the Jewish who lived in the area.

We continue to the Children's Palace, which used to be a mansion of a Jewish Kadoorie family from Baghdad. A well-known feature of the palace is the stunning stucco-adorned ballroom or Marble Hall.

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