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  • Shanghai pushing WWII Jewish neighborhood for UNESCO register

    February 5, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Shanghai is applying to have the neighborhood that sheltered Jewish refugees during World War II added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

    Some 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled the Nazis lived in Shanghai, in the Tilanqiao area of Hongkou District, according to Xinhua news...

  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    November 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • ‘Jewish Refugees in Shanghai’ tells story of survival

    By Tom Tugend

    October 16, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    For Jews desperate to flee the Nazi regime but barred from entry almost everywhere, Shanghai was the Last Place on Earth and a rescuing Noah’s Ark.

    Between 1933 and 1941, some 20,000 Jews, mainly from Germany and Austria, found a harsh but safe refuge in the Chinese port city,...

  • With Netanyahu in Shanghai, China rips Syrian airstrikes

    May 6, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a five-day visit to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the military strikes on Syria without singling out Israel.

    "We oppose the use of military force and believe any country's sovereignty should be respected,"...

  • Saving Shanghai’s Jewish Past Via Headstones

    April 16, 2009 | 2:01 am

    In Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Western philanthropists and volunteers are restoring dozens of historic Jewish cemeteries.

    But in Shanghai, there are none to restore.

    The four cemeteries that once served this city’s small but prosperous Jewish community disappeared...

  • Key dates in recent Chinese Jewish history

    By Alison Klayman

    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...
  • Recalling Shanghai’s Jewish past

    By Alison Klayman

    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...

  • Can tolerance extend to China exhibition?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 16, 2008 | 11:49 pm

    One photo in the exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance shows Mordechai Olmert, founder of China's Betar and father of Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert. Another is of students at the famous Mir Yeshiva, which relocated from Europe after the community fell to the Soviets. Many more...
  • VIDEO: The Last Jews of Shan-Chai, China

    January 11, 2008 | 9:33 pm

    Their family has been there for 1000 years, eating Chinese food on Christmas and all year ‘round—the Last Jews of Shan-Chai

  • Schmoozing with the Shammes of Shanghai

    By Jack Weiss

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The shammes of Shanghai is an 87-year-old man named Wang Fa Liang. I often write for this paper when I return from overseas travel, but halfway through my recent trip to China with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, I was at a loss for a topic. And then I played hooky one morning in...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 26

    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels makes an effort at inclusiveness with its new exhibit, "Passion/Passover: Artists of Faith Interpret Their Holy Days." On view through the month of April, the show features works by seven Jewish and seven Christian artists,...

  • Escape to Shanghai Saved Refugee’s Life

    By Marc Ballon

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when the world shunned them, an estimated 20,000 Jewish refugees from Russia, Germany, Austria and elsewhere made their way to Shanghai before World War II. Jews in this forgotten corner of the world survived on donations from the Joint Distribution Committee, whose...

  • A Mazel Tov in Shanghai

    By Dvir Bar-Gal

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This cosmopolitan Chinese city of Shanghai has witnessed what is believed to be its first Jewish marriage ceremony in more than 50 years.

    Peter Cohen, originally from New York, met Anna Podtoptannaya, who hails from the Ukraine, when he worked there as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer....

  • Shanghai Shuls 2nd Wind

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Shanghai resident Seth Kaplan got tired of celebrating the High Holy days in rented hotel spaces while the city's oldest intact synagogue sat empty, deteriorating just a few miles away.

    So along with others in his congregation of expatriates, Kaplan, 34, began advocating for the...

  • The Melting Wok

    By Anthea Gerrie

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It was Friday night in Shanghai, a major linchpin of the Jewish Diaspora, and folks from all over the world were dropping in to wish Rabbi Greenberg "Shabbat shalom." But in the fastest-changing city in the world, we were gathered for worship in a skyscraper instead of one of the...

  • Travel

    By Tom Tugend

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A traditional market in Beijing shows some new American influence. Photo by Tom Tugend












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