Destination Shanghai next week

Thought some of you might be interested in an event I’m helping to organize over the Qingming Jie (Tomb Sweeping) holiday, from April 4 to April 7. Destination Shanghai is a four-day event with lectures, musical performances and discussions about Shanghai’s Jewish past, present and future. It also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Shanghai Ghetto, and a revival of Jewish life in China. More than 200 people from Jewish communities from across East Asia, and beyond, including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo, Israel, the UK, Australia and the US will attend. On the final day, the former Ohel Rachel synagogue and the former Ohel Moishe synagogue (now the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum) will be open to the attendees with talks by the Israeli Consul and a performance by a historic Yiddish theater troupe from New York. Also, two children of former Jewish refugees in Shanghai will be attending from Beijing and New York. The event is co-sponsored by the American Joint Distribution Committee, Limmud China, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. More information can be found on A press release can be obtained by emailing Rebecca Kanthor at rotogobo at gmail dot com.

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