B’NAI B’rith Cheshire Unity Lodge usually takes an annual trip to explore places with Jewish interest. And this year was no different.
For its members have just returned from exploring places of Jewish interest in Uzbekistan and on the old Great Silk Road, of Marco Polo fame.
They visited the ancient Jewish communities of Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent.
B’nai B’rith’s Ernie Hunter said: “Most of the Jewish communities in Uzbekistan are proudly Sephardi — but in Tashkent there is also an Ashkenazi synagogue.
“During the Second World War, 250,000 Jewish refugees from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus found safe refuge in Tashkent, but most of them to emigrate to Israel and America.”
And, rather than travel by camel, as is the usual protocol along the Great Silk Road, the group took the ultra-modern bullet train service between major cities.