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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 United States, 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.

Our fields of work include:

  • The study of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, 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 Jewish life in Shanghai, Harbin, Tianjin, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The study of cross-cultural issues such as literary influences, comparative diasporas, religion, intermarriage and family matters, etc.
  • The support of Jewish Studies programs in China and fostering scholarship in this field.
  • Promotion of tourism to Kaifeng and other cities and to make current exhibits on the Jews of China more accessible to the public.
  • Publicaton of Points East, a journal that comes out three times a year, and Sino-Judaica, an occasional scholarly publication.
 
 
                        
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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to the Rescue in Shanghai: From 1941 to 1951- Live on Zoom

FREE ADMISSION

Oct 22, 2020 7:30 PM (EASTERN TIME)

Facing an escalating demand for entry into the United States by German-speaking Jews in Shanghai in early 1941, the United States Consulate called the JDC for help. No one forewarned Laura Margolis, a translator for immigration interviews, about the living conditions of 16,000 Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, all desperate for food and housing. She set up a new JDC Shanghai office, which stood as a rock for Jewish refugees under four directorships, four different regimes, and two wars,

Drawing from the JDC Archives, testimonies, and memoirs, this lecture by Sara Halpern, PhD candidate at Ohio State University, offers a tale of how the JDC Shanghai office  both a transnational American and an international Jewish relief organization  and its ingenious directors navigated the regimes of the treaty port controlled by multiple powers, the Japanese puppet government, Chiang Kai-Shek, and Mao Zedong. In contrast to Europe during the same period, the small, isolated JDC office in Shanghai had to rely on the goodwill of the various consulates and local authorities to assist with the Jewish refugees survival and emigration to other destinations. Hailed by the senior administration in New York, the Shanghai job was one of the most difficult in the world.

Closed captioning will be available

 Please Note: Patrons who are sharing a computer to view the program need only reserve one ticket.

 Presented by Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute & JDC Archives