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Alison Klayman

  • Rude Israeli Olympic medalist ticks off Chinese, Peres apologizes

    September 15, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Israel’s biggest source of pride at the Beijing 2008 Olympics became its biggest blight this past week, after bronze medal-winning windsurfer Shahar Zubari called Chinese people “sh*ts” in an interview published September 5th in Israel’s Yediot Aharanot.

    That...

  • A boy becomes a man in Beijing

    September 11, 2008 | 4:12 am

    Isaac Shapiro managed to fit in a visit to the bimah during his busy Olympic schedule.

    After attending a night of competition at the Bird's Nest, and before seeing American NBA stars blow out world-champion Spain on the basketball court, Isaac was called to the Torah for the first...

  • Israel finally medals, but it’s not in Beijing

    August 21, 2008 | 3:16 am

    BEIJING (JTA) -- Not surprisingly, Israel's first medal of the Beijing Olympics was not won in Beijing, but rather in Qingdao, where the Sailing competition is being held.

    In recent days, many Israelis in China have flocked to Qingdao in hopes of seeing better results than they had...

  • Report from Beijing: Israeli Olympians visit Beijing school

    August 19, 2008 | 3:08 am

    BEIGING (JTA)—Four Israeli Olympic swimmers (Itai Chammah, Guy Barnea, Tom Beera and Gal Nevo), the Israeli Ambassador to China, the President of Israel’s National Swimming Association and a slew of Chinese and Israeli reporters visited the Shi Jia Primary School on Monday, Aug....

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  • Report from Beijing: Security, it’s not just for airports anymore

    August 13, 2008 | 1:35 am

    BEIJING (JTA)—Security checks no longer just for airports in Beijing

    Olympic security is no easy task. It’s not just about the sports venues — attention must be paid to the entire city’s infrastructure, hot spots and transportation systems.

    One of the transitions that I think...

  • Report from Beijing: Swapping old Jewish swim records for new ones

    August 11, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Jewish-American swimmers Garret Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, along with Cullen Jones and the unstoppable Olympic champion Michael Phelps, made history in the pool on Monday, August 11.

    The US relay team won the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and smashed the world...

  • Israel comes to Beijing with its largest team, high hopes

    August 7, 2008 | 8:35 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—The largest contingent in Israeli Olympic history is eyeing its biggest medal haul as the Olympics get under way here.

    Two of the five medal winners in the country’s Olympic history are among the 43 athletes—nearly half females—competing in the 2008 Games here. Plus...

  • Key dates in recent Chinese Jewish history

    August 4, 2008 | 6:34 pm

    BEIJING (JTA) -- The following are key dates in Chinese Jewish history:
  • 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue is established in Shanghai (still standing).
  • 1928-49 The first Lubavitch rabbi in China, Meir Ashkenazi, leads Shanghai’s Congregation Ohel Moshe. Built in 1927, Ohel Moshe is now...
  • Your guide to Jewish Beijing

    August 4, 2008 | 6:30 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Dror Poleg, an Israeli who has lived in Beijing for three years, says being Jewish is “easier in China than in Israel.”

    “In Israel there is lots of politics, what school you go to, what yarmulke you wear,” Poleg says. “Here you can just be you.”

    Beijing has had an...

  • Recalling Shanghai’s Jewish past

    August 4, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    SHANGHAI, China (JTA)—Uri Gutman had more than parades and picnics in mind a couple of years ago when the Israeli government allotted funds to its Shanghai consul general for an Israel Independence Day reception.

    Gutman wanted to make a bigger impact with a service project in the...

  • VIDEO: What do the Chinese think of Jews?

    August 3, 2008 | 4:03 am

    With the Olympics about to begin and international participants from all over the world arriving, Beijing is about to experience an influx of people from all walks of life- and that includes some Jewish folks in the mix. JTA’s China correspondent Alison Klayman goes out to Houhai lake to ask the question: What do Beijingers think of the Jews?

     

  • Hot pot dinner bonds two very different ‘believers’ in China

    July 31, 2008 | 12:14 am

    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...

  • Jews in China roll out red carpet for Olympics [VIDEOS]

    July 30, 2008 | 11:59 pm

    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...

  • Certifying kosher food in China keeping rabbis busy

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As the sun rises on a crisp March morning, a van from the Hebei Dongfang Green Tree Food Co. arrives at Rabbi Nosson Rodin's home in Beijing.

    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...

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