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  • Jews in China Roll out Red Carpet for Tourists, Athletes

    Gold medalists won’t be the only ones climbing podiums in Beijing once the 2008 Olympic Games are under way. Isaac Shapiro will be stepping up to celebrate his bar mitzvah. Isaac, of Highland Park, Ill., will be called to the Torah at the Chabad House in Beijing on Aug. 16. Isaac and his family are… More ▸

  • In Hot Pot Dilemma in China, a Muslim Comes to the Rescue

    Being treated to a hot pot meal is one of my most dreaded social situations in China. Hot pot is like Chinese fondue. A large pot of meat stock bubbles in the center of the table, and fresh meat, fish, vegetables and tofu are dropped inside. You dip the cooked foods in a sesame sauce… More ▸

  • 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 ▸