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  • 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 ▸

  • For Olmert, Visit to China is Rich in Diplomatic and Personal Meaning

    For Ehud Olmert, it’s a state visit rich in both diplomatic potential and personal significance. The Israeli prime minister left Monday night for Beijing for a three-day trip aimed officially at bolstering already burgeoning 15-year-old ties and, more discreetly, at lobbying for a stronger Chinese stand against Iran’s nuclear program. Despite annual Israeli-Chinese trade that… More ▸

  • Israel-u.s. Dispute on Arms Sale to China Threatens to Snowball

    Israel’s close defense ties to the United States could be harmed by a little-noticed provision, buried in a defense appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, that penalizes nations that sell arms to China. Pro-Israel and Israeli officials insist that the provision, which bans procurement for five years of defense… More ▸