'It Was Paradise at the Time': The Little-known Story of the Jews of Indonesia

Before World War II, the Dutch East Indies colony was home to hundreds of ‘Baghdadi’ Jews from Iraq who emigrated to Southeast Asia. While most had left, their presence is still felt in the world’s most populous Muslim country

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Rabbi Yaakov Baruch at the Sha’ar Hashamayim synagogue in Minahasa, at the tip of the Indonesian island of North Sulawesi.
Rabbi Yaakov Baruch at the Sha’ar Hashamayim synagogue in Minahasa, at the tip of the Indonesian island of North Sulawesi.Credit: Deborah Cassrels
Deborah Cassrels
Deborah Cassrels
Sha’ar Hashamayim synagogue in Minahasa, Indonesia.Credit: Deborah Cassrels
The Purim shop selling "Prophetic, books and accessories" in the Indonesian city of Manado.Credit: Deborah Cassrels
A resident of the Indonesian city of Manado next to a Mossad sticker and Israeli flag on a vehicle.Credit: Deborah Cassrels
Rabbi Yaakov Baruch at the Sha’ar Hashamayim synagogue in Minahasa, at the tip of the Indonesian island of North Sulawesi.Credit: Deborah Cassrels
Locals standing next to a pro-Israel sign in the Indonesian city of Manado.Credit: Deborah Cassrels

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