By Erica Lyons, May 13, 2010
The Chinese government has permitted the temporary re-opening of the historic Ohel Rachel synagogue in Shanghai, one of only two synagogues in the city.
The Ohel Rachel building , which is 90 years old, was seized by the Communist government in 1952 and has been used as a storage facility ever since. It is currently in a state of disrepair but is still seen by Shanghai Jews as a spiritual focal point.
The re-opening, for six months only, is intended to coincide with the Shanghai Expo, which opened on May 1 and will end on October 31.