�A Tree may be alone in the field, a man alone in the world but a Jew will never alone on his holydays.�
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Jewish settlements in Burma date from the first half of the19th Century, consisting primarily of Jews from Cochin, Calcutta, Iraq and Iran. Their purpose of migration was for trade, practically in the area of teak wood. As business grew, so did the Jewish Burmese Jewish population and before the Second World War, Burma, India and few South East Asian countries sprouted a rich growing Sephardic community. In 1893-96, the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue was built in Rangoon to replace a wooden structure. At its peak, the Jewish population in Burma was about 2500 with 126 Sifrei Torah, a Talmud Torah and numerous charitable and communal organizations, as well as its own school and a cemetery on 91st Street.
Shortly after the Jews migrated to Burma, their influences within the government and society grew rapidly. The Jewish influence in Burma was so influential, in fact, that, in the first turn of the century, the Mayor of the capital Rangoon and Bassein was Jewish. And some of the major streets and roads in Rangoon were named after important Jews.
Despite all these cultural milestones of the Jews in Burma, Jews fled Burma during the Second World War. They migrated to Israel, United States and even Australia. The uprooting of the Jewish community in Burma was caused primarily because of the Japanese oppression. Of the Jews that stayed in 1969, another major movement occurred as a result of the government�s nationalization of businesses. As of today, there are only a handful of Jews in Rangoon.