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  • 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World on Mainland China, Jews Can Choose Chabad or Liberal

    Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known the world over as holidays when Jews come crawling out of the woodwork to attend worship services. The People’s Republic of China in 5764 is no different. The number of Rosh Hashanah celebrants in the Jewish communities of Beijing and Shanghai swelled significantly this year, as individual Jews… More ▸