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27 April 2017 - 2 Iyyar 5777 - ב' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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One family’s world of Judaism in Malaysia Print E-mail

“It might seem like a very unusual place for Jews to choose to live, but peninsular Malaysia is home to a fascinating, if miniscule, Jewish population. On the island of Penang, a lone, elderly Jew is the final member of a decades-old community, while in Kuala Lumpur, one man is determined to gather together the few Jewish souls in town.”


“What colour kippah are you wearing?” says 62-year-old Gary Braut, Kuala Lumpur’s (KL) Jewish contact. “I’ll send someone down to the lobby to get you.” Needless to say, it was a superfluous question – even if I was not wearing one, I’d be easy to spot. In this country of 27 million, only a handful are Jews, probably only one of which, Gary, wears a kippah.

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