Jews in Burma

   A small Jewish community has lived in Burma since at least the British colonial period, and probably before, mostly in Rangoon (Yangon). In the 1931 city census, Rangoon's Jewish population was recorded at 1,069 (out of a total of more than 400,000).The city's only Jewish place of worship, the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue on 26th Street, was first built in 1854 and reconstructed on a larger scale in 1896. Most of its congregation were Sephardic Jews from the Middle East and India, but they have dwindled in number since World War II, many emigrating to Israel. In 2004, the congregation was composed of only eight families.
   See also Armenians in Burma.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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