Past Events

Feel free to browse through and get a taste of what we do (In no particular order)

  Fri, Nov 4: Shabbat Dinner  with Leon Fenster the organizer of kehilat Beijing

Please note: location & details have recently changed: 


Kehilat Shanghai together with the Moishe House Shanghai are delighted to invite you to a Friday Shabbat Dinner hosting Leon Fenster, the organizer of Kehilat Beijing who is coming to Shanghai for a short visit. We will have a short Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a Shabbat dinner with red wine. 


Please RSVP so we can prepare accordingly. Send your name & phone #: or WeChat: Ari (id: laowaixiaoyi). 


Fee: free

Time: Fri, Nov 4, 7:00PM

Address: Moishe House- Apartment 3B, Building 8, 500 Changde Rd. Near Wuding rd. 常德路500号靠近武定路. 


Please note this event is organized by both Kehilat Shanghai and the Moishe House Shanghai.  



Fri, Nov 11: Shabbat Dinner with Carole Sterling, Vice President of World Union of Reform Judaism


Kehilat Shanghai will be hosting Carole Sterling, Vice President of World Union of Reform Judaism, who is stopping in Shanghai to meet Keihilat Shanghai's members, children and young professionals before going to the biannual conference in Australia.


This Friday we will also hold an early Shabbat dinner for individuals who prefer to have an early dinner and families with children who cannot stay up until late. The gathering will start at 5pm to allow children to play together and adults to meet Carole. Parents are encouraged to bring their younger children in order to get all the children involved.


Individuals and families who don't need to go home early are welcome to stay after 7 and enjoy the rest of the evening with the community. We will have a short Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner as every Shabbat dinner. 


Early Shabbat service and dinner will start at 5:30pm (free entrance with a la carte menu). 

Regular Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner will start at 7 pm as usual. 


Don't forget to bring games, toys and treats!


Time: Early Shabbat 5 PM, Regular Shabbat at 7 PM

Location: Fei Can Ting (餥餐厅)
5F, No. 83 Changshu Rd (next to Costa Cafe) 
Between Julu Rd and Changshu Rd
Registration is required in order to allow us enough time to organize the event.

Send your name & phone #: or WeChat: Ari (id: laowaixiaoyi) 



 Tue, Nov 15: Scotch & Cigars 

We are looking forward to enjoying fine cigars, smooth single malt, and lively kibitzing with friends. The next Scotch & Cigars gathering will be Tuesday, November 15, starting at 8PM (no worries if you come later). We will be returning to the scene of our first KS S&C Club assembly at Constellation Bar #4 (corner of Zizhong Rd and Danshui Rd, just west of XinTianDi).


RSVP if you plan to attend so we can get a count and arrange accordingly. 

When: 8PM on Tues, Nov 15th

Where: 398 Zizhong Lu, near Danshui Lu (自忠路398号, 近淡水路)



Sat, Nov 19th: “MY EYE AND MEMORY” Photography Exhibition

Join the Moishe House from 2pm until 7pm to discover Galadriel’s very first photography exhibition including pictures from China, Spain, Israel and  Scotland. Photographs will be on sale, 15% of every purchase will help subsidize student tickets for Limmud.


When: 2-7 PM on Sat, Nov 19th 

Where: Moishe House

Apartment 3B, Building 8, 500 Changde Rd. Near Wuding Rd. (常德路500号靠近武定路) 



Fri, Nov 25: Shabbat Dinner

Come and join us for a joint Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner between Kehilat Shanghai and Bialik College. This year the students will be staying at The Bund Hotel.  


When: Fri, Nov 25, time TBA

Where: The Bund Hotel

525 Guangdong Rd. (广东路525号)

Registration is needed in order to allow us enough time to organize the event. Please RSVP 


Wed, Nov 30: Movie Night

Shiva is a 2008 Israeli drama film, also known by its English title as Seven Days by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz.

For seven days a large family of Moroccan descent observes the Jewish mourning ritual of Shiva when a brother dies. Living together again reveals many tensions and conflicts between family members. Amidst the tensions, the Gulf War rages in the background.


When: 7:30 PM on Wed, Nov 30

Where: Fei Can Ting (餥餐厅) restaurant

5F, 83 Changshu Rd near Julu Rd/ Changshu Rd (常熟路83号靠近巨鹿路/长乐路)

Price: free (attendees can order food and drinks from the menu)

Registration is needed in order to allow us enough time to organize the event. Please RSVP.



Fri- Sun, Dec 2-4: Limmud China in Shanghai 

What Is Limmud? 

Limmud is the event for Jewish people of all ages at which we focus on learning from and being inspired by members of our own community, to connect with each other and grow as a community. 


Limmud is about voluntarism, encouragement, challenge, diversity, respect and mutuality. We are inclusive and uphold Shabbat and kashrut in public areas at Limmud. 

The event will consists of a series of parallel sessions presented by our volunticipants. 




• Culture & Lifestyle

• Judaism

• History

• Ethnicity & Ethical Impact• Science & Ideas

• Current Affairs.

• Sessions aimed at teens• Two continuous streams for young children and pre-bar/bat Mitzvah.


Not from Shanghai? Come visit us in Shanghai! 

This is an opportunity to attend the conference, and also to explore Shanghai, an incredible city with both Old Shanghai and New Lujiazui skyscrapers. Shanghai has a rich Jewish history. From the vast developments of the Sassoons, Kadoories, and Hardoons including the iconic Peace Hotel, to the many architectural treasures, including Ohel Rachel and Ohel Moshe synagogues.


For more information...  






Sunday, March 27 4:00 PM - Kehilat Shanghai Purim Spiel


"Sh’ma everyone and hear us well, For now is the story of Purim to tell.." 

Please join us on Sunday, March 27 4:00 pm for a Dr. Suess inspired Purim Shpiel! A play meant to poke fun at the story of Purim with songs, jokes and costumes for all ages.

Come schmooze with your favorite Jews, get your dance on, enjoy Purim crafts and eat Hamantaschen! We encourage one and all to come dressed in costume and ready to have a lot of fun.

Please RSVP

Date: Sunday, March 27
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 5F, No. 83 Changshu Rd, near Julu Rd / 非常食材,常熟路835楼靠近巨鹿路.
All ages are welcome, free


 Friday, March 25 7:00 PM - Kehilat Shabbat Dinner

Please join us for a delicious Purim Shabbat dinner. All are welcome and costumes are encouraged!

Purim is a fun holiday- time to dress up, eat, drink, and be merry! But it's also time of year that we reach out to those around us and share what we have. As Kehilat rolls out our new Tikkun Olam initiative, let's give a little back. 

We'll be accepting donations at Shabbat that will be used to create Purim gift baskets for needy families in Shanghai. 
See you there!
Please RSVP
Date: Friday, March 25
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: 5F, No. 83 Changshu Rd, near Julu Rd / 非常食材,常熟路835楼靠近巨鹿路.
Price: 110 RMB per person (free for kids under 5 years old)
Tikkun Olam Committee
Tikkun Olam is an integral part of Jewish culture.  Tikkun Olam means healing the world. We can do that by helping those around us: strangers and friends alike. This is the mission of Kehilat Shanghai's new Tikkun Olam initiative. We'll be organizing regular fundraising efforts for worthy charities, holding community-wide Kehilat Mitzvah Days, and incorporating Tikkun Olam elements into our regular events. If you have a connection with a worthy charity cause, or want to help organize a fundraising effort, please contact us and get involved.


Tuesday, March 15 8:00pm- Scotch & Cigar Night


The scotch & cigar club will host its next event on Tuesday, March 15 starting 8:00 pm at Izakaya Bar. We will enjoy Scotch, Japanese Whiskeys and Japanese Sake. Wonderful venue- Cigars welcome!


21 Yongjia Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu / 永嘉路21号近茂名南路.



Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm- Kehilat Movie Night



Please join us on International Women's Day for a screening of "Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem". Gett is the story of one Israeli woman’s fight to press the rabbinical court to overrule her husband and grant her a divorce. 


The NY Times calls the film “hypnotic” and describes Vivian as “a woman who-even as she has been denied her freedom-retains a stubborn, transcendent humanity.” 

The film will be followed by a discussion led by congregant Shula Shilon.  

Admission is 100 RMB which covers two drinks.
A light bistro menu available to order.
Venue:  the screening room at The Apartment 3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu /


Friday, Feb 26 7:30pm- Kehilat Monthly Shabbat Dinner


To those of you who have escaped town for CNY- welcome back to Shanghai!

Come catch up with friends, old and new, at Kehilat's monthly Shabbat dinner. We have teamed up with "1221 Dining Room" for a special Shanghainese meal. Try delicious and authentic Shanghainese dishes while testing your knowledge of Shanghai at our very first Shabbat Quiz Night!


See you there!


Please RSVP


Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: 1221 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu / 
延安西路1221, 近番禺路
Price: 140 RMB for adults / 80 RMB for kids


Tuesday, Feb 23 7:00 PM - Kehilat Shanghai Movie Night
Please join us on Tuesday, February 23 7:00 pm for a screening of the comedy- drama film written, produced, edited and directed by the Cohen brothers “A Serious Man”.
A Serious Man examines the directing/writing team's roots with a deconstructing look at a Midwestern Jewish family.
Tablet Magazine call the film a "philosophical and theological gem......strongly rooted in the fertile soil of American Jewish communal and religious life." 
Admission is 100 RMB which covers two drinks.
A light bistro menu available to order.
7:00pm- schmoozing
7:30pm- screening starts followed by a discussion
Venue:  the screening room at The Apartment 3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu /
Please RSVP by February 22nd and mark your calendars now for movie nights on March 8 and April 12!


Update! Tuesday, February 23 8:00pm- Scotch & Cigar Night

The scotch & cigar club will host its next event on Tuesday, Feb 23 starting 8:00 pm, at Constellation Bar #4 on Zizhong Lu at Danshui Lu.


Friday, January 29 7:30pm - Kehilat Shabbat Dinner

Feel the chill?

Warm your belly while catching up with friends, old and new, at Kehilat's monthly Shabbat dinner. We've teamed up with the Original Ingredients Exhibition Center for a special meal showcasing natural food products from the far reaches of China. Purple mushrooms, farm raised Xinjiang chicken, sun-dried fruits and nuts are reinvented in tasty Chinese homestyle cooking.

Get your Tu B'shvat on (that's the New Year for the Trees) by trying some new fruits and vegetables.

See you there! 

Date: Friday, January 29

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 5F, No. 83 Changshu Rd, near Julu Rd / 常熟路83号5楼近巨鹿路

Price: 100 RMB per person (free for kids under 5 years old)


Friday, December 25 7:30pm - What Do Jews Do on Christmas? Monthly Shabbat Dinner

Join us on Friday, December 25th for a special Shabbat dinner as we observe a timeless Jewish tradition: Chinese food on Christmas! Come Share this good old American Jewish tradition with other Jews in Shanghai. 

Space is limited, please hurry up and RSVP!



Wednesday, December 16 7:00pm- JDrinks 

If you like hanging out with other Jewish professionals and enjoy drinking, then this one is for you!

Join us on Wednesday, December 16 starting 7:00 pm for an after work drink at The Camel bar, 1 Yueyang Roadm near Dongping Road / 岳阳路1号近东平路 


Tuesday, December 15 9:00pm- Scotch & Cigar Night


The scotch & cigar club will host its 5th event on Tuesday, Dec 15 starting 9:00 pm at the Bell Bar. No 11, Lane 248, Taikang Road / 泰康路248弄11号后门。


Sunday, December 13 4:00pm- Hanukkah: Kids Light Up Your iPads!

This Hanukah we would like to invite your kids to communal learning leveraging iPads. We will strengthen our Hebrew skills, deepen our knowledge of Jewish History and learn the basics of computer coding through a variety of iPad Apps.


Activity will be led by Avishai Chelouche. Avishai is the co-founder of Padguru Ltd, Israel’s leading company in iPad based education. Padguru teaches coding and other skills to over 6,000 elementary school kids in Israel.
We will end with Hanukkah candle lighting.


Wednesday, December 9 7:30pm- A Talk with Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Language, Religion and Nationhood in Israel

One of the problems facing those attempting to revive Hebrew as the national language of the emerging State of Israel was that of Hebrew lexical voids. The revivalists attempted to use mainly internal sources of lexical expansion, but were faced with a paucity of roots. Consequently, they changed the meanings of obsolete Hebrew terms to fit the modern world.

This infusion often entailed the secularization of religious terms. This lecture explores this aspect of Israeli cultural linguistics and socio-philology, casting light on the dynamics between language, religion and identity in the culture wars of the modern Israeli state.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, December 9 7:30pm at 358 West Huaihai Road, Building 5, Apt 2002 (near Anshun Road) / 淮海西路


Monday, December 7 7:00pm- Kehilat Shangahi Movie Night


Please join us on Monday, December 7  7:00pm for a Hanukkah candle lighting and a screening of the acclaimed Israeli documentary "Beneath The Helmet: From high school to the home front".

Produced by Jerusalem U, Beneath The Helmet is a coming of age story that follows five Israeli high school graduates drafted into the army.
Tablet magazine calls the film a “….gentle, nuanced portrait of the young men-teenagers really-who fight to defend their country, sometimes because they believe in the cause and sometimes because they have no choice.”

Admission is 100 RMB which covers two drinks.
A light bistro menu available to order.

Venue:  the screening room at The Apartment 3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu /



Sunday, December 6 6:30pm- First Candle of Hanukkah


Join us on the 1st night of Hanukkah for a communal candle lighting followed by a potluck dinner including delicious jelly-filled donuts (Sufganiyot)!




Friday, November 27 7:00pm- Monthly Shabbat Dinner

Join us as we continue with our monthly Shabbat dinners on Friday, November 27. We will team up with a group of 70 visitors from Bialik College, a Jewish Zionist school in Melbourne, Australia for a joint Shabbat dinner.



Join us in giving them a warm Shanghai welcome!



Wednesday, November 25 6:30pm- JDrinks


If you like hanging out with other Jewish professionals and enjoy drinking, then this one is for you!



Join us on Wednesday, December 16 starting 7:00 pm for an after work drink at Le Cafe des Stagiaires, 1085 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu / 武定路1085号近胶州路。



Wednesday, November 18 7:30pm- A Talk with Professor Gail Hershatter


"The Girl Who Burned the Banknotes, and Other Tales of China's Rural Revolution


What can we learn about the Chinese revolution by placing a doubly marginalized group—rural women—at the center of the inquiry? And how does an examination of collectivization in China help us to understand the rapidly changing countryside today? 

Join us for an interesting talk with Gail Hershatter, distinguished Professor of History and East Asian Studies Co-Director at the University of California Santa Cruz, who is currently a visiting professor at Fudan University. 

Drawing on a decade of research in rural China, including life history interviews with more than 70 women, Gail will talk about changes in the lives of women in rural Shaanxi province during the early decades of state socialism, the 1950s and 1960s. Gail will explore some unexpected lessons in the story of a former child bride who became a women's activist. Did rural Chinese women have a revolution? If so, when, and what sort of revolution was it? Such questions encourage us to consider others that preoccupy historians: when is gender a useful category of historical analysis? How is the historical record shaped in interactions with the present moment? What counts as an event worth remembering? Who gets to decide? 



Saturday, November 14


4:30 pm- Kids' program (for kids of all ages)


Learn how to bid Shabbat farewell in your home. Make your own Havdalah candle and spice bag and learn how to use them in the Havdalah service.


6:00 pm- Communal Havdalah+ Dinner



Join us for a communal Havdalah service followed by a potluck dinner and a short study session on Havdalah (for teens and adults).




Monday, November 16 6:00pm- Shanghai Jewish Professionals' Forum

Join Shanghai Jewish Professionals' Forum for its 1st event:


"E-commerce into China: Don't get tangled in the web!"


We will introduce the subject of E-commerce in China from different perspectives.


Shanghai Jewish Professionals' Forum provides opportunities to learn from other professionals, to share our own successes, challenges and questions, and to get more out of the time and effort we put into our work.

We will meet monthly, focusing in different industries, bringing professionals iwth common interests together, to discuss topical issues of broad concern.



Kindly hosted by the Israeli Consulate's Business Center.