18 December 2019 - 21 Kislev 5780 - כ"א כסלו ה' אלפים תש"פ
Return to Rangoon and the race to restore Print E-mail

The modern Jewish community of the Union of Myanmar little resembles the community it once was when nearly 2,500 Jews lived and thrived there. For Hong Kong Jewish resident, Stuart Spencer, this ‘return home' was an eye opening experience.

Apartment building where Stuart Spencer's grandparents and mother lived

Though Stuart Spencer never lived there, this was the birthplace of his mother and his grandparents. He made this trip with his cousin Diane Cohen, who was born into the Jewish Burmese Community and left when the community mostly dissolved in the early 1950s.

Myanmar Jewish Community - Past & Present Print E-mail

Burma or the Union of Myanmar is the largest country in terms of geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China on the north, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest.

Major tourist attraction - The Irrawaddy River System

Independence from the United Kingdom was achieved on 4 January 1948 as the “Union of Burma”. In 1962, the government run by U Nu was removed following a coup. The Burmese military has controlled the government since. On 18 June 1989, the ruling military junta changed the name officially to Myanmar.


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