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May 2, 2006
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“Asia’s first Jewish community tabloid,” has been launched. Jewish Times Asia was started last month in response to the rapidly growing presence of Jews in China and elsewhere in the region. The 24-page April issue includes an article on the Jewish community of Taiwan, an interview with Israel’s consul-general in Hong Kong and a feature on the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s Carmel School. The paper had significant upscale advertising. “I have had the idea for about 10 years,” publisher and founder Philip Jay wrote in a front-page letter to readers. “The number of Jewish residents is significantly small compared to other regions of the world. Perhaps this is why no one has ever attempted to provide this resource. But I think small is beautiful. It’s good to be a niche in publishing.” Jay said Jewish Times Asia will be distributed free to all Jews in the region. It will also be available to business executives and tourists at selected drop-off points at Jewish community centers and synagogues in China, India, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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