6 Sep, 2017 in Lodz

Piotrkow Trybunalski is a small Polish town, about an hour train ride from Lodz. There’s nothing very particular about it, it’s off the beaten track, and not what you’d consider a tourist destination, yet I was there to explore some of the Jewish history in the city and understand a bit about their lives when […]

14 Jun, 2013 in Boston
Beacon Hill - The Vilna Shul - Boston (2)

Much like the Eldrige Street Synagogue Museum in NYC’s China Town Boston too has its Jewish heritage with a history of Jewish immigrants settling in first with the low budget neighborhoods of Boston and then slowly migrating out as the population turns wealthier. Beacon Hill was once a crowded immigrant neighborhood, and so …

4 Jun, 2013 in HK Places
Ohel Leah Synagogue - Central - Midlevels - Hong Kong (2)

The Hong Kong Jewish community dates back as far as the British arriving in the area during mid 19th century. Some of the Jewish families, especially the Sassoons and the Kadoories, soon turned wealthy business entrepreneurs becoming prominent members of the expat Hong Kong community. The Kadoories are very much known in HK till this […]

Ohel Moishe Synagogue (12).JPG

During the time around the rise of the Nazi party in Germany and the second world war a few tens of thousands of Jews fled from Europe to seek refuge in Shanghai. Shanghai was one of the very few locations around the world willing to accept the escaping Jews, and Ohel Moishe Synagogue was the […]

23 Apr, 2008 in India
Cochin Indian homestay.JPG

From Bangalore, our final stop before heading back to Mumbai was Cochin. My dad was hoping to spend a quiet weekend where there’s somesort of a Jewish community, and Cochin certainly has the longest history of a Jewish community anywhere in India with the tourist attraction “Jew-town” (a name I feel utterly uncomfortable with, bringing […]

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