We’re excited to welcome Shi Lei, who is arriving from China this Sunday for our Kulanu-Kaifeng Speaking Tour! And we’ve just received the list from the 92nd Street Y of 22 MORE VENUES that will be receiving the broadcast live from the Y on February 15.
In-person events shown in blue with dots; broadcast events are plain red
Please refer to the Kulanu-Kaifeng Tour Calendar for event updates and details, including a 25% discount code (KLNU) for the 92nd Y event.
Tuesday, 2/15, 8:15pm – 92nd St. Y (New York, NY) – live broadcast (venues listed below)*
Thursday, 2/17, 7:00pm – Temple Sholom (Broomall, PA)
Sunday, 2/20, 3:00pm – Beth El Congregation (Harrisonburg, VA)
Friday, 2/25, 8:00pm – Congregation Hakafa (Glencoe, IL)
Sunday, 2/27, 10:30am – Congregation Hakafa (Glencoe, IL)
Wednesday, 3/2, 12:30pm – Cal State Northridge (Los Angeles, CA)
Saturday, 3/5, 11:30am – Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA)
Saturday, 3/5, 6:30pm – Beth Shalom of Whittier (Whittier, CA)
Sunday, 3/6, 5:00pm – Temple Beth Abraham (Oakland, CA)
Live Broadcast Events – Can You Help (see below)?
(on February 15 at 8: 15 p.m. Eastern Time – adjust time for other time zones)
Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro, NC
Broken Sound Country Club, Boca Raton, FL
Cedar Village, Mason, OH
Community Synagogue, Sands Point, NY
Congregation Beit Tikva, Santa Fe, NM
Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany, NY
Congregation Beth Israel, Corpus Christi, TX
Congregation Ohev Shalom with the Roth JCC, Orlando, FL
Congregation Shaara Tfille, Saratoga Springs, NY
East Brunswick Jewish Center, NJ
Frenchman’s Creek, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
JCA Jacksonville, FL
JCC Rochester, NY
JCC Rockland, NY
JCC Tucson, AZ
Jewish Federation of Broome County, NY
Jewish Home & Hospital –Bronx, NY
Temple Anshe Sholom, Olympia Fields, IL
Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key, FL
Temple B’Nai Sholom, Rockville Center, NY
Temple Sinai, Atlanta, GA
Temple Sinai, Toronto
Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh PA
Can You Help with a Broadcast Event?
If you will be attending a broadcast event on February 15, please consider contacting the person in charge and offering to staff a literature table and help get people to sign up for our email updates. (We got this idea from Kulanu volunteer Cynthia Weisfield in Pittsburgh – the rabbi she contacted was delighted to have her help). You or the venue can click here to download and print sign-up sheets and handouts about Shi Lei and Kulanu.
About Shi Lei:
Shi Lei, a descendant of one of the original Jewish families in Kaifeng and an accomplished speaker, discusses the history of this unique community. The presentation includes a slideshow and information on the origins of this community and how the community preserved its identity under near-impossible circumstances, although cut off from the Jewish world for hundreds of years.
Our speaker discusses the many Jewish traditions that were preserved through the centuries as well as those that were forgotten. Finally, he talks about the feelings of Kaifeng youth who are descendants of this community and their eagerness to discover more about their origins.
A graduate of Henan University in China, Shi Lei also studied Jewish history and religion at Bar Ilan University in Israel from 2001-2002 and spent an additional two years at Machon Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Shi Lei, who is known as a charismatic speaker, currently works as a national tour guide, operating private and group tours to Jewish sites in China. The New York Times Travel Section has called him “licensed, charming and experienced.”
For more information, visit www.kulanu.org/china or www.jewishchinatours.com or preview Shi Lei’s beautiful slide show on the History of the Jews of Kaifeng prepared by Kulanu volunteer Enid Bloch at kulanu.phanfare.com.
Harriet Bograd, President