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OHEL RACHEL SYNAGOGUE

OHEL RACHEL SYNAGOGUE
Shanghai, China
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BACKGROUND

Jewish communities have existed in China for over 13 centuries, but today architectural traces are hard to find. Ohel Rachel Synagogue was built in 1917 by the affluent Iraqi Jewish population of Shanghai. Though it still stands, Ohel Rachel has not escaped recent decades without damage. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF placed Ohel Rachel Synagogue on the 2002 Watch because of structural problems and development pressures from the surrounding metropolis. The synagogue was plagued by vegetation and a roof that leaked. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

In the 1930s and 1940s, Ohel Rachel Synagogue was a refuge for Jews who flocked to China in order to escape persecution in Europe. Shanghai welcomed an astonishing 17,000 Jewish immigrants during that time because of its open-door immigration policy. (...)