“A home not made for springtime and for rainy days is none.”

– Babylonian Talmud (Yoma 10a)

After a presence of over 2000 years in their spiritual home of Baghdad, the Iraqi-Jewish diaspora slowly ebbed away from its center. With the rise of the British Empire, the nation of scholars grew to accommodate the shifts in the modern world and spawned a dynasty of traders and merchants that planted their roots along key trade route cities and ports. There, they established and supported communities, built institutions, and dedicated themselves to nation growing in their new homes.

From simple traders and industrial barons to Singapore’s First Chief Minister and top legal representation, learn more about how the Jews of Singapore have contributed deeply to nation-building.