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  • Swimmers Lead U.S. Contingent of Jewish Athletes in Beijing

    For Jason Lezak, Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Garrett Weber-Gale, the marketing possibilities are endless — perhaps “The Three Chaverim” or “Jews in the Pool.” All three Jewish sprinters are hoping to make a splash as part of the U.S. men’s swimming team heading to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Not only will they be competing… More ▸

  • Chinese Farmers and Others Benefit from Israeli Expertise

    Zeying Zheng has been to Israel three times on programs about women’s empowerment and says the lessons provided are vital for China. “The most important thing facing our country is education,” Zheng told JTA, “so I was involved in training programs especially for women. If you look at our young generation, percentage-wise it’s not as… More ▸

  • Israel Sends Aid to China and is Touched by Rescue

    In a gesture of support, one of the world’s smallest countries is sending aid to the world’s most populous nation in the form of $1.5 million worth of equipment for earthquake relief. The first three tons of Israeli supplies to earthquake-ravaged China included sleeping bags, blankets and personal water purification units. The supplies arrived in… More ▸

  • Missing Israeli Students Found Alive in Chinese Nature Reserve

    Two Israeli exchange students who were missing in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in China were found injured but alive. An Israeli search team located the two women Wednesday in western China, where they had been hiking. Ma’ayan Segev and Anat Bilu, both in their 20s, were lightly hurt when they were found at… More ▸

  • Rabbis Aim to Press China Without Hurting Israel or Olympic Athletes

    A large group of rabbis spanning Judaism’s religious movements says it has an answer to the vexing question of how to send China an Olympic-sized message without harming the interests of athletes or Israel. In an appeal issued Wednesday and timed for this week’s commemoration of Yom Hashoah, 185 Jewish leaders — mostly clergy —… More ▸

  • United Effort by Chabad, Reform Promotes Jewish Life in Beijing

    The two Purim celebrations seemed worlds apart. At the Chabad-run service, a Lubavitcher rabbi chanted the megillah to an audience segregated by gender, and Beijing’s kosher restaurant catered the meal after the reading. At Kehillat Beijing’s service, a woman did a speed-reading rendition of the Megillah rendered almost entirely in English. The dinner afterward included… More ▸

  • Wiesel Lines Up Nobel Winners to Press China on Tibet

    Elie Wiesel has recruited 25 of his fellow Nobel laureates to sign a letter condemning the Chinese government’s "violent crackdown" on protestors in Tibet. The letter, which was released March 20, urges the Chinese government to show restraint and calls for a resumption of talks with Tibet’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, the 1989 Nobel… More ▸

  • How That Kosher Certification is Made in China

    As the sun rises on a crisp March morning, a van from the Hebei Dongfang Green Tree Food Company arrives at Rabbi Nosson Rodin’s home in this Chinese capital city. During the four-hour journey to the company’s factory in Shenzhou, Rodin calls for a break to recite his morning prayers. He wraps his tefillin at… More ▸

  • Overshadowed by China, a Few Jews Hold on in Taiwan

    As Typhoon Sepat bore down on Taiwan with flashing thunderstorms, eight rain-soaked men gathered in a little storefront shul in downtown Taipei to welcome the Sabbath. Despite the wind howling outside, and the fact that he didn’t quite have a minyan, 89-year-old Rabbi Ephraim Einhorn held services on this August Friday just as he has… More ▸

  • Jewish Olympians Must Shine Light on Chinese Abuses, Aid to Sudan

    In the summer of 1936, a year after the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, the world turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany’s genocidal intentions as Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin. With next summer’s games set to take place in Beijing, Jewish and Israeli athletes have a responsibility to help ensure that the world… More ▸