Jewish Mosaic of Singapore with Irene Shaland

Travel to Singapore, a small city-state and one of the unique destinations in Asia for Jewish history aficionados. Discover the little-known Jewish story composed of the amazing mosaic of cultures – Baghdadi, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Armenian, and Persian.

Virtual lecture on Feb. 24, 2021
at 7:00 PM EST

Hosted by New City Library, New York.

Lecture is free but registration is required.

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Call (845) 634-4997 ext. 139 or email [email protected] for additional information.

Singapore skyline
Singapore skyline as viewed from the Gardens by the Bay. Back in October of 2019, the city was hip and cool and a non-stop “happening” spectacle: truly a city renaissance of epic proportions.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This resort includes 2,561- room – three tower hotel; casino – the world largest with over 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines; convention center; seven celebrity-chef-run restaurants; theaters; and an ice-skating rink. It has a floating on the water and four-story high Crystal Pavilions with night clubs, designer shops, and much more.

Bustling, cosmopolitan, trendy, modern, clean, and orderly, Singapore plays an important part on the world financial and political stage that seems disproportionate to its size. A country of immigrants, Singapore is called a nation of cultures. Ethnically and religiously diverse, this city-state is also a microcosm of tolerance and inclusiveness. Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Europeans live peaceful prosperous lives. They could be Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jewish, or atheists, all finding their rightful place in this amazing nation.

The Maghain Aboth Synagogue located at 24/26 Waterloo Street in the Central Area of Singapore, was built in 1878 by the early Jewish settlers, mostly merchants, who came to Singapore for business and ended up staying there. This is the oldest synagogue in Southeast Asia. 

All photos in this post are from our 2019 trip. 

About the presenter: Irene Shaland is the author of The Dao of Being Jewish and Other StoriesHer numerous magazine articles are regularly published in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. Irene is a regular presenter at Jewish museums, educational institutions, societies, interest groups, and other venues around the country.

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