In the 1930s, Western countries, struggling with the global economic crisis, closed their doors on German and Austrian Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis.
At the same time, the Philippines did everything possible to rescue Jews. It is also the only Asian country to support the UN resolution on the establishment of the State of Israel.
While the Philippines’ diverse Jewry has considerably reduced over the years, it remains a vibrant and welcoming Jewish community.
In 1983, the Beth Yaacov synagogue was erected in downtown Makati, and the Jewish Association of the Philippines produces a monthly newsletter.
In 2020, the Jewish community of the Philippines joined the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.