Alone On Ward C

I met Mr. E at a poetry reading. Hong Kong’s literary scene is small and two Americans reading in one evening was an unusual event. We became Facebook friends, generally “liking” the same local literary [...]

Chinese Lanterns in the Sukkah

A Hong Kong symphony of sounds fills the air as local laborers shout across the shul courtyard in Cantonese while tossing bamboo in a pile for the sukkah: Filipino maids chatter in Tagalog hovering over [...]

Networking the Great Wall

  Connectivity and networks have certainly become buzzwords in the Jewish organizational world. While new global and regional networks are constantly being formed, expanded, analyzed and critiqued, for the Jewish communities of Asia, a robust [...]

New Sefer Torah For Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah Synagogue recently celebrated the dedication of a new Sefer Torah. Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Lady Elaine Sacks joined Rabbi Asher Oser and Assistant Rabbi Ariel Zamir of Ohel [...]

Limmud Debuts in China

When Taste of Limmud China takes place June 3 near Beijing, it will be the first conference bringing together Jews living in the many isolated communities throughout the Far East HONG KONG — Along the [...]

On Matzah & Mohels

Pesach means bite-sized sweet kidney mangos and the return of the longon. Shavuot brings back the pomelo. Chanukah means miniature Mandarin oranges. And its always star-fruit for Rosh Hashanah. While our palates might have changed, [...]

Teaching the Holocaust in Hong Kong

Inaugurated this week, the Hong Kong Tolerance and Holocaust Centre puts the atrocities of the Shoah into context by using Chinese national examples, such as the Rape of Nanking HONG KONG — In a nation [...]

Reflections from an Unlikely Witness

A Protestant woman from Hong Kong joins the 2012 March of the Living to ‘feel’ the Holocaust, not just remember Linda Cheung’s journey to the 2012 March of the Living began five years ago when [...]

Comic Strip Diplomacy

Sketching Chinese and Israeli history Yaakov Kirschen photographed by his wife, artist Sali Ariel. I suppose I should not have been surprised to open my friend's DIY child-friendly Haggadah and find a prominent Pesach Dry Bones cartoon. [...]

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