Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
In what is a unique expression of China’s pride in its relationship to Jews in the context of World War II, the regional government of Hong Kou has created and runs a museum on the campus of Ohel Moshe, the former synagogue that served Jews in the ghetto under Japanese rule. In a formal agreement with the government, JDC’s Jewish Service Corps Fellow has been helping the museum deepen and make more sophisticated its portrayal of this dramatic chapter in the history of Jews and of China, and expand its reach in telling this story to world Jewry as well as to the Chinese people. In 2013, the JSC Fellow renewed contact with museum authorities, upgraded to a more senior level, and further utilized the museum as an instrument to connect Jews across the region. In addition, this effort showcases JDC as an educational as well as a humanitarian organization, and can potentially serve as a resource for missions and a fundraising tool among former survivors of the ghetto and other visitors.