Despite the success of the Sassoon family the majority of Jewish refugees found their home in the Hongkou district or Shanghai Ghetto during the World Wars. With nearly 20,000 refugees taking up approximately 1 square mile, Jewish culture coexisted with the native Shanghainese in an area they considered their "Noah's Ark." With up to 10 people to a room, food shortages and little employment the Hongkou district epitomized the hardships endured by Jewish refugees fleeing Europe.
At the Ohel Moshe Synagogue you will see where Jewish refugees held Shabbat, religious activities and sought sanctuary from the Nazi regime. Now standing as the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum it represents a memory of the area's troubled past as well as an example of how two different cultures co-existed during a time of great turmoil. During a visit to the museum former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the guestbook with the following praise, “To the people of Shanghai for unique humanitarian act of saving thousands of Jews during the Second World War, thanks in the name of the government of Israel.”
This mesmerizing tour led by the best known guide in Shanghai will bring you into the little known world of Shanghai's Jewish history!
Departures: 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This tour is priced based on picking up passengers at their Shanghai hotel or at the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal. If you arriving at the Waigao Qiao Cruise Terminal or the Wusongkou Cruise Terminal, you will need to purchase a pier to city transfer.
- Price includes all entrance fees and necessary transportation with the city
- Since most shops don't open until 10:00 AM we don't recommend a start time any earlier than this.