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The Sino-Judaic Institute

!שלום־עליכם        欢迎! 欢迎!      Welcome!

The Sino-Judaic Institute has been a pioneer in the field of Chinese-Jewish relations for over 30 years.

We are a virtual institute, based in the U.S.A. but with members the world over.

We offer this website as a resource to all who are curious about various aspects of Chinese-Jewish relations and want to learn more.

SJI is a membership organization.  We welcome your participation and involvement.

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See New Updates on "Current Issue Highlights" page as of 27 February 2017


Articles by Noam Urbach and Prof. Jordan Paper

Now available for members:
Sino-Judaica, volumes 1 - 4
All back issues of Points East 
Go to "Members Section"

Our fields of work include:

  • The study of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, the capital of China during the Song Dynasty, where Jews have been living now for over a millennium, and assisting the Kaifeng Jewish descendants to reconnect with their cultural heritage as appropriate.
  • The study of cross-cultural issues such as adoption of children, intermarriage, literary influences, comparative diasporas, religion, etc.
  • The study of Jewish life in Shanghai, Harbin, Tianjin, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Working with Chinese authorities to promote tourism to Kaifeng and other cities and to make current exhibits on the Jews of China more accessible to the public.
  • The study of Sino-Israeli relations.
  • The support of Jewish Studies programs in China and fostering scholarship in this field.
  • SJI publishes Points East, a journal that comes out three times a year, and Sino-Judaica, an occasional scholarly publication.

Special Offer to Readers:

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China
ISBN: 9781618114204 (cloth)
Pages: 256 pp.
Price: $79.00 USD
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This edited volume critically examines the image of Jews from the contemporary perspective of ordinary Chinese citizens. It includes chapters on Chinese Jewish Studies programs, popular Chinese books and blogs about Jews, China’s relations with Israel, and innovative examinations of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng.

Moshe Y. Bernstein, She Gangzheng, James Ross, Glenn Timmermans, Xu Xin, Zhou Xun, Chen Yiyi, Fu Youde, Meng Zhenhua, Song Lihong, Zhong Zhiqing.