Save the Last Synagogue of Indonesia
Organized by: Chloe Ebrahimi
With nearly 16 million Jews in the world, thousands of years of history, and 70 years since the Holocaust, it is hard to fathom the idea that Judaism is still forbidden in many countries around the world. This scrutinization of Jews is not a new story, but neither is the Jewish people's resilience. Today in Indonesia, there are five recognized religions: Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Indonesian law requires that every citizen hold an identity card that identifies that person with one of these five religions. While ex-pats, like the Jews, are allowed to practice Judaism in the privacy of their own home, they are forbidden to build any sort of communal institution. Actions like this will result in expulsion or imprisonment. Even so, the Jewish community of Indonesia continues to grow in secrecy. They rejoice around a Kosher dinner table every Friday night and celebrate holidays with a Torah that they smuggled in from Singapore. Unfortunately, this Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur the Secret Synagogue of Indonesia will be closing due to financial struggles and the hundreds of Balinese Jews will be left without a place of worship. Whether you are a member of the global community or the Jewish community we have a responsibility to preserve the right to religious freedom and protect the people who continue to be ridiculed for their personal beliefs. Donate and save the last remaining synagogue in Indonesia.