What an amazing year at Kehillat Beijing. Our community was blessed this year to have three visiting clergy–Rabbi Dario Feguin, Cantor Yvon Shore, and Rabbi Dan Horwitz (twice!). We also held an amazing retreat by the Great Wall in Huairou, two bat mitzvot, and celebrated the High Holidays in a festive musical style with our new (and somewhat critically acclaimed) Kehillat Beijing Ensemble. We also re-launched our website, performed in a dazzling Purim Spiel, had record enrollment at our Jewish [...]
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We loved having members of the community come out to the suburbs on a fine fall day to enjoy our sukkah. The bagels, courtesy of Moishe House & baked by Tavalin, were as much a draw as anything. Many of the celebrants were familiar faces but, as always when abroad, we welcomed a few who are passing through and/or are considering ways to make this home. This is our second year to build a sukkah in Beijing. My husband likes [...]
Phew! What a whirlwind of a High Holidays Season in Beijing. This year saw record turn-out at nearly all of the great Kehillat Beijing services and events, along with a few new firsts! We welcomed Cantor Yvon Shore to Beijing, despite a missed flight and missing luggage, to celebrate Kehillat’s very first evening S’lichot service. The Cantor then embarked on a busy schedule of brunches, rehearsals, services, meetings, and early-morning taiqi lessons to help Kehillat bring in the Jewish New [...]
Dearest Friends of Kehillat, There have been a few minor changes to Kehillat’s Yom Kippur Service Schedule. Please read on below for more information: Kol Nidre: 4:30pm :: Pre-Fast Meal (tickets available at the door) 5:45pm to 7:15 :: Kol Nidre Services Yom Kippur Day: 9:45am :: Morning service (Shachrit L’Yom Kippur) 1:00pm to 2:00pm :: Study session 2:00pm to 5:00pm :: Break 5:00pm :: Afternoon Torah service (Mincha) 6:00pm :: Closing service (N’ilah) 6:45pm :: Community Break the Fast [...]
Shalom To the Members and Guests of Kehilat Beijing, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur mark the Days of Awe. The tone of the Jewish New Year is meant to be reflective and reverential. Our music reflects both the grand and communal nature of these holidays. In an effort to join together more closely as a sacred congregation, please listen to the following selected prayers. Please note, these are only meant as a teaching aid and as such are not polished [...]
Friends, travelers, scholars, and fellow Jews, Kehillat is proud to publish its 2013 High Holiday Schedule of services, events, workshops, discussions, jam sessions, drum circles, meals, and gatherings. Please see below for all the news that’s fit to print, and stay tuned for more announcements on social gatherings. All services and gatherings are free, but most meals do require a ticket, available for purchase before the meal. All events are held at the Capital Club, unless otherwise noted. And, as [...]
My experience living in China came in two phases. The first was from 2006 to 2009 when I lived in the southwestern city of Kunming, and the second was from 2012-13 when I lived in Beijing. These were very different places and my experience of China was very different in each one. Similarly, my experience of being a Jew in China was different in each one. When I arrived in Kunming in August 2006, I had just graduated from Whitman [...]
Kehillat Beijing is thrilled to announce our schedule for Rosh Hashannah Services. This year, services and workshops will be led in part by Cantor Yvon Shore, the Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where she engages in the training of rabbis for the Reform Movement. She is the founder and past president of the ARZA Cantorial Council, an organization dedicated to the support of a worldwide liberal cantorate. For 13 years she served on the executive [...]
When I was a kid, we would sing a song in Hebrew School. Wherever you go, there’s always someone Jewish! You’re never alone, when you say you’re a Jew So when you’re not home, and you’re somewhere kinda new-ish The odds are, don’t look far, ‘cause they’re Jewish too! The song goes on to mention that there are Jews in Amsterdam, Disneyland, and Tel Aviv, but it could easily mention Beijing as well, because there are indeed Jews in China. [...]
Kehillat Organizer Jake Laband recently met with a group of Canadian Jews, led by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, to talk about Jewish life in Beijing. While Kehillat had lots to offer about our lay-led community, and what it’s like living in modern-day China, a member of the tour was able to provide some interesting materials from some of his pre-trip archival research. The majority of these articles are from the Canadian Jewish Review, and date from between 1922 to 1966. Warm [...]
Recently, friends and family of Abe Summers and Zhang Xingxing gathered to celebrate the birth of their daughter Yaeli. Maya Alexandri lead a wonderful service, and all in attendance blessed their children. Even Yul, Yaeli’s older brother, had a special place of honor. Bagels, Lox, Coffee, and a wonderful musical jam session followed.