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Good Things in Small Packages: Sarasota Mini-Conference Highlights the Sino-Judaic Experience

In the course of the last twenty years major Sino-Judaic conferences have been held in Antwerp, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, Munich, Shanghai, and elsewhere. An August 1992 conference organized by this author brought 157 participants to Harvard, including six from the People’s Republic of China.

Salvaging Jewish Presence in China Block by Block

The ghetto, in what was once the American and then the International Settlement and is now called the North Bund, harbored more than 20,000 Jews who fled Nazi Europe from 1933 to 1941 and another 5,000 to 10,000 who fled Stalin's Russia before that. Viewers of Steven Spielberg's 1987 film "Empire of the Sun" got a glimpse of the area. Known in Chinese as Hongkou (or Hongkew), the ghetto was a haven for stateless refugees in a city that for years did not require a visa to enter.


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Shanghai revisits its forgotten Jewish past

The history of the 20,000 European Jews who fled to the Chinese city during World War II is being rediscovered.

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The Israel's Messenger

One hundred years ago, on April 22, 1904, a Jewish journal devoted to the interest of Jews in the Far East, was born in Shanghai, where its founder and editor, N. E.B. Ezra and his associates named it The Israel’s Messenger.
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The Jewish Company of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps

A valuable primer for those interested in the formation of the Zion Mule Corps, The Shanghai Volunteer Corps, the work of Trumpeldor and Jabotinsky written by Benis M. Frank, Chief Historian of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Rosh Hashana Services at Ohel Rachel Synagogue

From Points East, a publication of the Sino-Judaic Institute, California

Far East of Eden


A History of the Jews in Shanghai

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Freedom Fighter Given Refuge by the Cohen Family in WWII Shanghai

Ed Shalom A. Introduction
This paper began as an inquiry into the assertion made by my aunt, Lolly Choueke (nee Cohen), in her recorded speech on China that her parents, Solomon Pinchas and Aziza Cohen, provided refuge in their Shanghai home to Jacques Marcuse, a member of the Free French during WWII. In her talk, Lolly describes how the Cohen house was visited several times by the police, who asked about M. Marcuse’s location. At these times, he would hide in the upper

China Review International: Vol. ii, No. 1, Spring 2004 and Points East, Vol.19 No 1 March 2004

Maisie J. Meyer and Prof J. Goldstein China Review International: Vol. ii, No. 1, Spring 2004 and Points East, Vol.19 No 1 March 2004
Reviewed by Professor Jonathan Goldstein
Professor of East Asian history at the State University of West Georgia, Carrolton, and a Research Associate of Harvard University’s Fairbank Centre (excerpts).
Maisie J. Meyer and University Press of America are to be congratulated for bringing out a new book on the Baghdadi Jewish community of Shanghai that provides an overall history of the community from


Jewish Diaspora in China is a unique experience for world Jewry as China is the only country in the Far East, which has had Jews living in its society for over 1,000 years. There is a significant distinction between Jews in pre-modern (before 1840) China and those in Modern China (since 1840). Those who came before modern times became part of Chinese society without distinct features but those who came since modern times remained as aliens.

Musical Life in Shanghai Jewish Refugee Communities An Initial Report

By Tan Yating Shanghai Conservatory of Music The earliest Jewish communities in Shanghai emerged in the mid-19th century, respectively consisting of the Oriental Jewish-British merchants (Sephardi) and Russian Jewish immigrants (Ashkenazi), mostly refugees after the Russian revolution in 1917.
Between 1939 and 1941, first German-Austrian, then Polish (including some other Eastern European) Jewish refugees (both Ashkenazi) fleeing the Nazi regime, exiled themselves to Shanghai. Thus the thi

My Life in Shanghai

by Harry Todtenkopf - edited by Howard Kleinmann



We sadly announce the death of Mrs. Jean Ben-Yohanan (nee Hillaly), formerly of Shanghai, who passed away recently in Jerusalem. Jean was the daughter of Sally and Aubrey Hillaly. Our sincerest condolences are sent to her daughter, Dafna, and her sisters, Mercia Grant of Raanana, Estelle Hillaly in Herzlia and Joyce Schiff in London.


by Rene Goldman, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. This year’s month of February marked the centennial of the completion of China’s first revolution of the 20th century: the founding of the Republic of China, the first republic in Asia, by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
An idealistic revolutionary, Sun (known in China and Taiwan as Sun Zhongshan) believed that for China to become a modern, democratic, progressive country, respected by the world, the declining Qing dynasty founde