The Kulanu-Kaifeng Speaking Tour, featuring Shi Lei of Kaifeng, China, is returning to the U.S.
The tour will run February 15th to March 6th, 2011.
Below is a map and detailed itinerary of the tour.
Tuesday, 2/15, 8:15pm – 92nd St. Y (New York, NY)
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 – Congregation Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA)
Saturday, 3/5, 6:30pm – Congregation Beth Shalom (Whittier, CA)
Sunday, 3/6, 5:00pm – Temple Beth Abraham (Oakland, CA)
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Please refer to the Kulanu-Kaifeng Tour Calendar for event updates and details.
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