The Ohel Moshe Synagogue (Ohel Moishe) played a central role in the lives of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII. Although the synagogue is no longer fully in use, a section of it has been given over to house the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.
In the 1930s, Shanghai was one of the only cities in the world giving shelter to the Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe. When the city was occupied by the Japanese, the Germans put pressure on their allies to exterminate the Jewish refugees. Instead, the Japanese rounded up the Jews and confined them in a ghetto in the poorest part of the city.
During this time, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, built in 1927, was the center of the community.
Review by Peter C, April 2013
Doing what: Small-Group Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto
Who knew this history existed., Very interesting tour and out guide was very interesting. The advantage of the tour is that the guide takes your around the neighborhood so you get a good sense of what life was like in this interesting slice of history.
The guide went above and beyond in making this trip very informative, interesting and a great use of our time.
One of the best guides we have ever had across the globe.
She really knew her subject .
The Ohel Moshe Synagogue is in the Hongkou district. You can reach it by taking Bus 13 to Ti Lan Qiao.