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The Sino-Judaic Institute has been a pioneer in the field of Chinese-Jewish relations for over 25 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.

 

NEW UPDATES on "current issue highlights" page as of 22 March 2015

Two Book Reviews

  • How to Leap a Great Wall in China, The China Adventures of a Cross-Cultural Trouble-Shooter, by Den Leventhal, reviewed by Beverly Friend
  • The Haggadah of the Kaifeng Jews of China by Fook-Kong Wong and Dalia Yasharpour, reviewed by David Stern
 
For members only: View Points East 29:3 — under "Members Section / Current Issue"

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.

Sino-Judaica Returns with New Volume

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of SJI Board member Dana Leventhal, SJI’s academic publication, Sino-Judaica, has been revived. Sino-Judaica Volume 5 is devoted to a single academic monograph, “Jewish Religious Observance by the Jews of Kaifeng China” by Rabbi Dr. Chaim Simons of Israel. This work connects the actual observance of the Kaifeng Jewish community in its heyday with their sources in halacha (Jewish law).

It is available immediately at the following stores:

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SJI publishes Points East, a journal that comes out three times a year, and Sino-Judaica, an occasional scholarly publication