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Kehilat Shanghai’s Newsletter

High Holidays Edition

Kehilat Shanghai is thrilled to celebrate its 5th Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a community. We’ll be hosting several events during the coming weeks.

As some of you may already know, we have recently received a special donation of a historic Tora from the liberal community of Rio De Janeiro (ARI). We will hold a special ceremony that you will not want to miss as part of the Erev Rosh Hashanah service led by visiting Rabbi David Wolfman.

For more details click on the headlines below:

1.       High holidays event- all you need to know – when, where, prices etc.

2.       “A Tora comes home”- the story of a Tora that left Germany during WWI, found brief refuge in Shanghai, was moved to Brazil, and now has returned to Shanghai

3.       Who is Rabbi David Wolfman and what does he have planned for High Holiday Services

4.       Open Board meeting - new blood, new ideas, new direction? Challenges and opportunities for Kehilat Shanghai

5.       Kehilat Shanghai – Connect on Wechat. Join a subgroup that interests you or create your own!

6.       Membership and sponsorship- Join us as we build a community together.

7.       RSVP and payments options- how can you RSVP and pay for our events?
You have many options: e mails, telephones, WeChat, Facebook, website etc.


1.       High holidays event- all you need to know – when, where, prices etc.


 Schedule of Events


Ø  Sunday, September 13that the Shanghai Town and Country Community
No.46 Luding Road, Shanghai(上海市普陀区泸定路46)


Rosh Hashanah Eve

·         5:00pm -  Kids' play time at the STCC club

·         6:00pm – Doors Open

·         6:30pm – Tora Ceremony and Services Begin

·         Dinner to follow

Ø  Monday, September 14that the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel
2099 West Yan'an Rd., near Xingyi Rd. /上海扬子江万丽大酒店延安西路2099
Rosh Hashanah morning service

·         09:45am – Services begin

Ø    Tuesday, September 22ndat the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel
2099 West Yan'an Rd., near Xingyi Rd. /上海扬子江万丽大酒店延安西路2099

Kol Nidre

·         5:45pm – Kol Nidre Services begin

Ø  Wednesday, September 23rdat the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel
2099 West Yan'an Rd., near Xingyi Rd. /上海扬子江万丽大酒店延安西路2099
Yom Kippur

·         09:45am – Services begin

·         4:30pm – Kids' program

·         5:15pm – Evening Services begin

·         6:45pm – Shofar and Breaking the fast

Reservation: Please RSVP to info@kehilatshanghai.org no later than Friday, September 11th.

Ticket Prices:  

‐Non-member ticket for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: 600 RMB  
‐Members ticket for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: 450 RMB
‐Students: 150 RMB

‐Children 5 to 15 years old: 100 RMB 

‐Children under 5 years old: FREE

-Non-member ticket for Rosh Hashanah only: 500 RMB
Members ticket for Rosh Hashanah only: 400 RMB 

‐Non-member ticket for Yom Kippur only: 400 RMB
‐Members ticket for Yom Kippur only: 300 RMB

Financial Assistance: We want everyone to be able to participate in these events.  For those with financial hardship, we are able to assist with sponsorships and/or we could use your help as a volunteer during these events.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information please contact us at info@kehilatshanghai.org  

Services are open to foreign passport holders and their families, spouses, partners or significant others ONLY.

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2.       “A Tora comes home”-the story of a Tora that left Germany during WWI, found brief refuge in Shanghai, was moved to Brazil, and now has returned to Shanghai

This year we celebrate our High Holidays with a momentous welcome ceremony for a Tora that was donated by the liberal community of Rio De Janeiro (ARI). This Tora scroll was brought by a German Jew to Shanghai to find refuge during WWII and was carried later to Brazil to be used in the reform community in Rio until today.


To read the full story of this Tora and its journey around the world please click here:


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3.    Who is Rabbi David Wolfman -a letter from the Rabbi

Dear Members of Kehilat Shanghai:

My wife, Jane, and I are thrilled to be joining you for the High Holy Days this September.  Last year I had the privilege of leading the United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore.  While there, Jane and I fell in love with Southeast Asia and are looking forward to getting to know you and to life in Shanghai.

A little about me:

My wife and I live in Lexington, MA, a suburb of Boston.  Jane and I have been married for 33 years have three grown daughters, the eldest of which just got married this past May!  I have been a rabbi for almost 30 years and while I have led two congregations, most of my career was serving as the Regional Director of the Northeast Region of the US for the Reform Movement.  I now consult to congregations and organizations throughout North America on Managing Change and Transitions and in Managing and Navigating Conflict.  I am also a rabbinic coach.

I play the guitar (which I am bringing) and would be very interested in including any other musicians that are in the congregation who would like to join me in forming a “T’filah Band” to enhance our Services.  I love to connect with and include children in the services and have a special interest in listening to and connecting with young professionals to learn what is meaningful to them.  

We are delighted to have been invited to join Kehilat Shanghai - your extended congregational family - in just over a month.  Most of all, we are looking forward to getting to know you and sharing these High Holy Days with you.

With all good wishes,


ps:  If you are interested in playing an instrument during the Services, please send me an e-mail at David@dswolfman.com


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4.       Open Board meeting

On August 19th, Kehilat Shanghai held its first Open Board meeting.  The open meeting allowed new people who were not part of the board, to join and bring new ideas, new approaches and new blood to the board of Kehilat Shanghai. It was very encouraging to have 13 enthusiastic Jewish people who are so interested in making this community successful and helping to bring it to the next level.

The main topic that we discussed was the future of our community in the coming years. Currently, We have a great opportunity now to leverage the receiving of the Torah in Shanghai and the imminent arrival of Rabbi David Wolfman for the upcoming High Holidays, and hopefully having him as a mentor for our community in the coming years.

At the same time, now that we have reached our first stage of development, we are no longer going to be supported by Israel's Jewish Agency which has up till now provided us with much needed financial and human resources.

So from now on, the future of our community is in our hands and the entire discussion in the meeting revolved around what we could do as a group to get more people involved both in Shanghai and overseas to contribute to the growth of our community and taking it to the next stage. 

Since the first open board meeting has produced a great number of ideas and initiative we are going to follow up with a second Open Board meeting that we planning to hold with Rabbi Wolfman on Thursday September 10th at 19:00. Rabbi Wolfman will conduct a community building training session and we hope that you will be able to join us for this important meeting.

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5.      Kehilat Shanghai – Connect on Wechat

The immediate result of the open board meeting was that several groups have been formed right away to meet the needs of the different individuals who would like to join together in sharing common issues with similar people.

Below you will find the list of groups that were formed and a QR for you to join the ones you find interesting. You are welcome to form your own sub group and invite more people to join you.
Here are the names of the groups:

Bar Mitzva group

Mixed Jews group

Scotch and Cigar group

Toddler below 2 years old

Toddler 2 and up 

We believe that the future of the community lies within these small groups that will nurture deeper friendships between the members, their spouses and children.

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6.       Growing our community - Membership and sponsorship


Our future depends on our ability to be self-sufficient. As we prepare for our 5th High Holiday season as a community, we need to come together and step up these efforts—all of us.

If you think that it is important to keep Kehilat Shanghai going we need your help!

How can you help?

Membership: Membership shows that you believe sustaining Kehilat Shanghai’s future is important, and if you join for 2016 before this year’s Rosh Hashanah you can enjoy the member’s price at High Holiday Services. Suggest anyone that you think that could be interested to be a member so we could contact him/her and introduce the membership program.
Yearly Membership prices: Family 4000RMB, Couple 2500RMB, individual 1500RM.

Participation: Invite friends and make sure they come with you to events.

Spread the Word: Help us find more singles, families and kids to join our activities.

Venue: Help us find a suitable venue for events and a space for regular meeting for the community.

Volunteering: Offer to help out at events.

Immediate help needed for the High Holidays

As the High Holidays approach, we have some immediate needs that we hope you can help us with. Take your pick and choose the one that you feel strongly about and that you can take on.

Accommodation for the Rabbi and his wife: Sept. 9-15 and Sept. 20-24.

We’re looking for accommodation at a home or hotel on these dates.  Could you help us find someone to host them, an empty apartment that they could stay at or donate hotel points to reduce our costs? (estimated cost 2000RMB)

Meals: Can you host the Rabbi and his wife for lunch or dinner during those dates?

Wine: We need a sponsor for High Holidays wine (estimated at 3000RMB)

Visas: We need someone to sponsor visas for rabbi and his wife (2500RMB)

Siddurim: We need someone to sponsor cost of printing materials (estimated cost 2000RMB)

Participation: Invite 3 friends to join High Holiday Services

Sponsor a student for Rosh Hashana dinner

Volunteer: assist Hadas before and during the event by ushering, collecting money, or assisting with kids’ activity

Promotion: Help us promote our community activity through blog posts, WeChat and your social networks.


Thank you to the members of our community who are helping sponsor the High Holidays:

Flights for the Rabbi are sponsored by Mr. David Levi  ( Automotor-France Group)

Break Fast meal after Yom Kippur is sponsored by Erez and Elan Frenkel ( Inspiration Group)

Soft drinks are sponsored by Mr. Howard Snyder

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7.       RSVP and payments options

Please RSVP and confirm your participation to:  info@kehilatshanghai.org

If you do not get a reply within 2 days please write to arie@kehilatshanghai.org

You can also contact Hadas at: 15601926145 or Arie at: 13817825201


Option for advance payment before September 10th :

Bank transfer to a Chinese bank account

Bank transfer to a Hong Kong bank account

Payments through a WeChat account

Payments in the USA- recognized for tax deductions (will bear extra 5% for transfer fees)

Payment on the night of the event will be made in cash only.


Please let us know when you RSVP your preferred method of payment and we will come back to you with more details.

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Former Events

Monthly Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm at 358 West Huaihai Road, building 5, apartment 2002 (near Anshun Road)/ 淮海西路358号5楼2002室,近安顺路

Join us as we continue with our monthly Shabbat dinners on Friday, July 31.

Join us for another great Shabbat potluck dinner full of good food and good people.

Please RSVP and let us know what you would like to bring.
Welcome Back Weekend!
August 14-15

After a long summer break it is time to catch up with everyone!

Rabbi Nathan Alfred, from the United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore will be our special guest for this two-day celebrations.

Nathan Alfred began working for the United Hebrew Congregation (Singapore) in January 2015 and is their first full-time Rabbi and spiritual leader. Ordained in London by Leo Baeck College in 2008, he has served reform communities in Belgium, Luxembourg and across Europe. Nathan is British-born, has a Classics degree from King's College, Cambridge, while his interests include chess, rugby and battle rap!


Reconnect with old friends and rediscover new ones by attending our great events throughout the weekend!


Welcome Back Shabbat Dinner 
Friday, August 14 at The Renaissance Yangtze Hotel, 2099 West Yan'an Road

Join us for a Friday night tots service, a fun Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner and a talk led by Rabbi Nathan Alfred.

Rabbi Alfred's talk will be about stories from the Jewish Jungle: "And then a lion ate him"- There are many tales in rabbinic literature which end with someone being eaten by a lion of fatally bitten by a snack. This talk will look at some of these stories, and see how and why these mishaps took place, and how best to avoid them! An interactive approach will tease out the comedy within these personal tragedies, as well as approach some of the deeper theological questions and underlying legal ramifications.

Nathan Alfred is a part-time PhD student at King's College London and writing his thesis on this topic.

6:30pm     Friday night tots service
7:15pm      Gathering
7:30pm     Kabbalat Shabbat
8:00pm    Dinner
8:30pm    Stories from the Jewish jungle

100RMB for students
200RMB for members
220RMB for non members
Children under the age of 10 FREE

We Look forward to seeing you!

Welcome Back Potluck Picnic 
Saturday, August 15 at 1:00pm. Location TBD

Shanghai community members, Join us at our welcome back picnic at one of Shanghai's  best parks.
Get together to greet old friends and make new ones. 

Please RSVP and let us know what you would like to bring!

JDrinks is back!
This Thursday, July 16 at 7:00pm at IAPM Mall, 6-7/F, 606, 999 Middle Huaihai Road, near South Shanxi Road/ 淮海中路999号6楼606,近陕西南路
Still in town?

join us this Thursday at 7:00pm for an after work drink at "The Cut"'s rooftop terrace.

Come hang out and catch up with other Jewish professionals in Shanaghai.




Sleeping Beauties Awake: Language Revival, Cross-Fertilization and Wellbeing
Tuesday, July 7 7:00pm at 358 West Huaihai Road, Building 5, apartment 2002 (near Anshun Road)

Join us for a multifaceted lecture with Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann that will analyze the moral, aesthetic, epistemological, cognitive, psychological and economic benefits of language revival and diversity. With coca-colonization and homogenization there will be more and more groups added to the forlorn club of the lost-heritage peoples. 

Language reclamation, revitalization and reinvigoration will become increasingly relevant as people seek to recover their cultural autonomy, empower their spiritual and intellectual sovereignty, and improve their wellbeing and mental health. There is an urgent need to offer perspicacious comparative insights, for example from the Hebrew revival, which is so far the most successful known linguistic reclamation. 

The lecture will explore current attempts to reclaim Australian Aboriginal languages such as Barngarla.

Given capricious governmental policies, the lecture will propose (1) ‘Native Tongue Title’, legal compensation (for linguistic activities) for Indigenous peoples who lost their tongue due to linguicide (language killing), (2) making Indigenous tongues the official languages of their region, inter alia resulting in bilingual signs, (3) Cleverly-implemented bilingual education at schools.
Relevant links: http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/september/1409493600/anna-goldsworthy/voices-land
Forthcoming free MOOC on language revival: https://www.edx.org/course/language-revival-securing-future-adelaidex-lang101x

"The Askenazi Jews in China - 1900-1949"

Wednesday, June 24 6:30pm at 358 West Huaihai Road, Building 5, apartment 2002 (near Anshun Road)

Join us for a fascinating lecture by Dr. Liliane Willens. Liliane was born of Russian Jewish parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China, where she attended a French lycee. She and her family - all stateless- experienced World War Two under the Japanese military occupation, later the Chinese civil war between the Nationalist government and the communists, the arrival of the victorious People's Liberation Army and subsequent establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Because of difficulties to obtain an immigration visa to the United States under a very restrictive quota system, Liliane lived two years under the PRC. All this is discussed in her book "Stateless in Shanghai" published in 2010.

Please RSVP.


Shabbat Dinner

Friday, June 19 6:45pm at The Renaissance Yangtze Hotel, 2099 West Yan'an Road (near Xingyi Road)

Join us as we continue with our Shabbat dinners! This time our guest speakers will be StandWithUs representative who will come to Beijing, Chengdu, & Shanghai, share Israel's innovation and tell why Israel is made a "Start-Up Nation"


100RMB for students

200RMB for members

220RMB for non members

Kids under the age 10: free


Please RSVP to info@kehilatshanghai.org.

Hope to see you there!


Making it in China

Wednesday, June 10 6:30pm at The Israel Business Center in Shanghai, 318 Fuzhou Road, 14F, 1408


Dear Friends,  


Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business in China? Do you own your own business, but feel like you are spinning your wheels? If so, then this event is for you! In the next coming months Kehilat Shanghai will partner with the Israeli Consulate and the Moishe House for a series of events between established entrepreneurs in Shanghai and those who have interest in their experience and success stories.  


Join us on June 10 for our opening event - a panel discussion with 3 speakers who will present their success story, the way they have made from the beginning to where they are today, the challenges they had to face and how they adapted to the Chinese market.   


About the panel  


Yoav Chernitz- Yoav Chernitz is the CEO of Matrix Global China and John Bryce Training China. John Bryce provides professional Training and Talent development services to corporates. Active in China since 2007 with branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing. Half of the training activities are delivered by Israeli experts representing the strength of the Israeli high-tech industry. Among its customers are Intel, Marvell, HP, EMC, VMware, Alcatel, Sony, NEC, Autodesk, ZTE, China mobile, Standard chartered bank, Citi, Communication bank, Ping AN and many more.      


Monte Rosen- Monte Rosen is the Managing Director and Founder of The Essential Learning Group (ELG), a social enterprise that provides full day programs and clinic services to families and children with special needs. Founded in 2006, ELG was the first organization of its kind in Shanghai and is now the largest organization in China helping children with special needs. Monte also helped create XiErSen, an official Chinese NGO that helps Chinese educators and families. Prior to ELG, Monte’s 30 year career included management positions at technology companies. He earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  


Ariel Margalith- Ariel Margalith is the founding CEO of ARMA Ltd, a digital media consultancy and production company established in China in 2010. ARMA advises businesses how to utilize new methods of digital storytelling in order to achieve growth in the Chinese market and elsewhere. In 2014 ARMA produced work for firms such as Lavazza, Ducati, Diesel, NBBJ, Gensler, Air Liquide, CyberArk and Pearl Red. Margalith is a member of the Asian Forum on Global Governance, the BMW Young Leaders Forum and the Boao Forum for Asia. He holds a double MSc. and MA in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Fudan University, Shanghai and a BSc. In Business Management and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.    




6:30-6:40pm        Short greeting by Mr. Arnon Perlman, Consul- General  

6:40-6:50pm   Presentation by Mr. Yoav Chernitz, CEO of Matrix Global China and the CEO of John Bryce Training China 

6:50-7:00pm   Presentation by Mr. Monte Rosen, Managing Director and Founder of The Essential Learning Group 

7:00-7:10pm   Presentation by Mr. Ariel Margalith, founder and CEO at ARMA Global Media Development Ltd.  

7:10-7:40pm   Panel discussion 

7:40-7:50pm   Q&A  


A Walk Into History

Thursday, May 28 7:00pm at The Summit, Apt 702, Block 6, Lane 99, Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (Near Anfu Lu)


Join us for an interesting lecture by Ms. Lily Klebanoff, who was born in China during world war two, and is a third generation of her family to have lived in Shanghai. Ms. Klebanoff will be talking about the history of her family in China and her city Shanghai before its huge modernization program.


Drinks and snacks will be served.

Please RSVP to info@kehilatshanghai.org





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