5 June 2020 - 14 Sivan 5780 - י"ד סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong E-mail

The Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong (JHS) was founded following a lecture given by S.J. Chan in 1984 at the former Jewish Club. The subject was the Jewish Community in the 12th Century Song dynasty capital of Kaifeng, and it was greeted with such enthusiasm that Chan challenged the Community to establish an association to begin collecting information about the Sino-Judaic experience in Hong Kong and China.

The initial aims of the JHS, an informal Society, were to establish a Judaica library for the Jewish community within which would be housed the Sino-Judaic collection; to promote Sino-Judaic co-operation; to thoroughly document the Hong Kong Jewish community and to publish on the subject. Lofty aims for a Society with only four founding members.

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Ima Tells A Joke E-mail

Ima means mother in Hebrew. However, it’s according to Chinese tradition that I call my mother-in-law Ima.  The first time I met Ima, I addressed her as Mrs. Bussel, sounding like a complete stranger.  Ima corrected me amiably. “Call me Rachel,” she said.

Americans, as well as Israelis, address each other by first name, regardless of one’s age or position.  

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The Matisyahu Phenomenon E-mail

When a Jewish rapper who performs in full Hasidic garb becomes the talk of the New York Jewish music scene, that’s one thing.

But Matisyahu – aka Matthew Miller – is hot, so hot he’s on magazine covers, in newspaper Lifestyle sections, in Wikipedia and even on the BBC Worldservice. His single King Without a Crown has broken into the Modern Rock Top 10; an accompanying video and new album - Youth - were released in March, and less than two weeks later the album was Billboard magazine’s “#1 Digital Album.” By early April Youth was #16 on iTunes' top albums.

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