by Andrew Harris Shabbat at Chabad Colombo. Ceiling fans whoosh languidly overhead, muffling the crowd of us individual daveners; four men - me, a backpacking Israeli father and son, and Rabbi Mendie Crombie - not even half a minyan, working our way through kabbalat shabbat, concluding roughly together. On the other side of the lounge-room mechitzah are the rebbetzin and my wife, Naava. At the only synagogue in the country, this, Rabbi Crombie … [Read more...] about Secrets of Ceylon: What Happened to the Jews of Sri Lanka?
Asian Jewish Life
by Carice Witte In early 2010, I met Zhang Yangjia, a graduate student in economics from Nanjing University who was preparing a presentation for a class on the development of the Israeli economy since the state’s beginnings in 1948. She wanted to learn how this small, distant country, born of seemingly nothing, had quickly developed to have first-rate welfare, healthcare, education, and financial institutions. She wanted to place the … [Read more...] about A Vision of China-Israel Academic Interchange
by Erica Lyons Welcome to the 6th issue of Asian Jewish Life. As I write this letter I am preparing to attend the 2011 ROI Summit in Jerusalem. ROI is a global community, created by Lynn Schusterman, that works towards creating an international network of young Jewish leaders with innovative and diverse paths for connecting to Jewish life. Living in the Far East, Jews find themselves somewhat ‘off the radar’ and a bit disconnected from the … [Read more...] about Asian Jewish Life’s 6th Issue
by Erica Lyons Jewish relief organizations are mobilizing and coordinating drives to collect funds, blankets and coats, but today Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon, of Chabad Asia, says that these people simply need bread. The availability of bread isn’t something we as Jews take lightly. We don’t use a catchall prayer of thanks to G-d for food. We specifically single out bread and recite the Hamotzi. We have numerous bread rituals and place great … [Read more...] about Something as Simple as a Bread Roll: a Photo Essay from Sendai, Japan
by Amelia Allsop The Kadoorie Family The Kadoorie Family, Sephardi Jews, emigrated from Baghdad in 1880 to settle in the Far East. The family fortunes were founded by Sir Elly Kadoorie and Sir Ellis Kadoorie, who were pivotal players in the development of business giants such as the Hongkong & Shanghai Hotel Co. and China Light and Power. Elly's sons, Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and Sir Horace Kadoorie continued the family businesses and … [Read more...] about The Lost Records Revealed: Hong Kong Heritage Project’s Jewish Collection