by Julie Weinstein
This summer, I traveled to China with my family. We visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Guilin District, and Shanghai. It was a fascinating trip and we enjoyed the food, the people, and the sights. While in Shanghai, we decided to visit the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, one of only two synagogues in Shanghai, and now the home of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. This was one of the highlights of our trip and a moving experience for the history buffs in our family.
The Ohel Moshe Synagogue, built in 1927 and renovated by the People’s Government of Hongkou District in 2007, and the adjacent exhibit halls of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, are located in a peaceful residential area, far from the glitzy and upscale Bund, in an area once known as “Little Vienna.” To walk into the synagogue, a small, serene sanctuary with one room, a bimah and a balcony, is to walk back in time.