Myanmar: Moseah Yeshuah Synagogue, Yangon (video)


WATCH: Moseah Yeshuah Synagogue, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

September 29, 2012 Around 2pm we were off to visit the Moseah Yeshuah Synagogue at 85 26th Street. The man at the desk wanted to know, “Why do you want to go there?” George told him, “We are Jewish and Lisa’s friend, Ellen, knows Moses the caretaker. He told George, “There are only seven Jews left in Myanmar.”

He wrote the address for us in local language and explained that it also said “Jewish Mosque” as that is how people would know it. We realized after we visited the synagogue that there was also a mosque on the same street.

When we arrived at the synagogue, we were told that Moses was out. I was not sure if we would be able to visit as it was Saturday, Shabbat. I did really want to ask questions but we had an enormous language barrier. I did wish him, “Shana Tova,” as Jewish New Year had only just passed and he smiled. We took photos, and said “Todah Rabah,” (Thank you in Hebrew). I loved seeing George in Myanmar wearing a kippah and explaining the synagogue to our two German friends.

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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