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  • Around the Jewish World: Expatriates in China Spur Revival of Jewish Communities

    When the tiny Jewish community of China’s capital city wanted to hold a Passover seder with all the culinary trimmings, they naturally turned to the bubbe of Beijing. The bubbe is Elaine Silverberg, who came here 10 years ago from New York to join her resident daughter, Elyse Beth Silverberg, a successful business executive. Since… More ▸

  • China Restores Synagogue in Advance of Clinton Visit

    As President Clinton seeks a high profile for religious freedom issues during his trip to China, the anticipation of his arrival has already yielded one small, but meaningful achievement. Just weeks ago the Chinese government completed long-sought restoration work on a synagogue located in the heart of Shanghai. The synagogue, occupied for nearly 50 years… More ▸

  • Religious Leaders Urge Clinton to Raise Freedom Issue in China

    President Clinton is seeking to bring a high profile to religious freedom issues before his trip to China. “When in China, I will speak as clearly as I can about human rights and religious freedom,” Clinton told a gathering of religious leaders at the White House on Thursday. “Our message is clear: We in the… More ▸

  • China’s Pledge on Iran Welcomed Although Many Remain Skeptical

    Middle East military analysts and pro-Israel activists are welcoming China’s pledge to forgo new nuclear dealings with Iran, but remain skeptical about whether Beijing will honor its commitment. President Clinton last week concluded an agreement clearing the way for U.S. firms to sell nuclear reactors to China, provided that Beijing live up to its commitment… More ▸

  • Doubts Raised on Early Jew in China

    The distinction of being the first European to visit China almost went to a Jew. Publisher Little, Brown and Company was set to publish a book claiming that an Italian Jewish trader, Jacob d’Ancona, traveled to China in 1270 — four years before Marco Polo, the Italian merchant who is traditionally given credit for establishing… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Rabbi Goes to China, Seeking Freedom for Imprisoned Pastor

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein could not get Pastor Peter Xu Yongze out of his head. The leader of the underground house church movement in China, Pastor Xu was imprisoned by the Chinese government earlier this year for heading what the state has labeled a “heretical cult.” His Protestant church, located in the central province of Henan,… More ▸

  • Israel Secures Chinese Pledge to Not Aid Iran’s Nuclear Plans

    China has agreed not to help Iran build a nuclear reactor. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement Sunday during a refueling stopover in Beijing on the first leg of a Far Eastern trip. Netanyahu, who was accompanied by Finance Minister Ya’acov Ne’eman and a contingent of 16 Israelis representing high-tech businesses, was making the… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Jews of Hong Kong Taking Transition of Power in Stride

    It’s Barbecue Night at Hong Kong’s Jewish Community Center, and the lower-level function room is packed. Jews ranging in age from toddlers to septuagenarians, and in religious observance from completely secular to fervently Orthodox, are lining up at the buffet tables. They are seeking their fill of steak, turkey shashlik, corn, pasta, salad, halvah and… More ▸