2010 Kulanu-Kaifeng Speaking Tour

Thursday May 13, 2010
7:00PM - 9:30PM

2010 Kulanu-Kaifeng Speaking Tour

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Announcing the 2010 Kulanu-Kaifeng Speaking Tour!

This spring, Congregation Darchei Noam is delighted to host Shi Lei of the historic Jewish community of Kaifeng, China. Cut off from the Jewish world for hundreds of years until it was “discovered” by a Jesuit priest in 1605 CE, the Kaifeng community remained intact until the 19th century when it disappeared from the Jewish map. Today, this ancient Jewish community is undergoing a remarkable resurgence. Shi Lei is a descendant of one of the original Jewish families, believed to have settled in Kaifeng between 960 and 1127 CE.

An accomplished and experienced speaker, Shi Lei will present the history of this remarkable community, offering insight into the ability of some remnants of the community to survive under difficult, even impossible, circumstances. Today, some 300 descendants still live in Kaifeng , and while some Jewish traditions have been forgotten, others have been preserved through the centuries. Like Shi Lei, many young people desire to learn about their origins. Eighteen of them are currently studying in Israel .

Shi Lei is a graduate of Henan University in the province of Henan , China . From 2001 to 2002, he studied Jewish history and religion in Israel at Bar-Ilan University , continuing his studies at Machon Meir Yeshiva in Jeursalem. Now a tour operator and national tour guide, Shi Lei leads private and group tours to Kaifeng and other Chinese cities with Jewish sites of interest, including Beijing, Harbin, Xi’an and Shanghai.

This is a special opportunity to educate our community about the Jewish community of Kaifeng and about Jewish diversity, and to help Kulanu continue to support isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world.

DATE: May 13, 2010
TIME: doors open 7pm, speaker at 7:30pm
LOCATION: 864 Sheppard Ave West
Contact: aspindel@rogers.com

For more information:
about Shi Lei and his work as a tourism guide in China , visit his web site at jewishchinatours. com
about Kulanu, visit www.kulanu.org
about the Jews of China, www.kulanu.org/ china

For More Information:
Andria Spindel
Congregation Darchei Noam
864 Sheppard Avenue West
M3H 2T5
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