Tour of Jewish Shanghai

Old Dec 12th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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Tour of Jewish Shanghai

Has anyone taken a tour by Dvir Bar Gal. Is it a good tour or can you recoomand a better tour guide
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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I have not personally taken this tour, but several friends, including our rabbi, have taken it with the guide you mention, and everyone has raved about it. I believe he is the only one who does this tour.
I'm told it helps if you do a little reading about the incredible history of the Jewish community in Shanghai before you go. Google "Shanghai Jews" and you will find a whole lot of information. There is also a documentary film about this community that is fabulous, if you can find a copy of it.
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 03:31 PM
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How does a visitor get in touch with this guide? Thanks!
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 03:49 PM
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http://www.shanghai-jews.com/1.htm
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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The documentary is called "Shanghai Ghetto". The narrator in that film is Martin Landau (remember him from the TV series Mission Impossible with Barbara Bach?).

I rented the movie from Blockbuster a couple of years ago - fascinating film. I plan to watch it again before I go to Shanghai next May.
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Old Dec 13th, 2006, 04:13 AM
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That sounds like a really interesting tour in Shanghai! I saw that documentary a few years ago, it was fascinating. Enjoy
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You may also want to get in touch with Rabbi & Mrs Greenberg of Chabad Shanghai. My in-laws had incredibly warm hospitality over shabbat.

http://www.chinajewish.org/
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Just click on the Tour of Jewish Shanghai on the JCC website I posted above--it should link to the same guide.
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Old Dec 13th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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Ruthlee and W9, and all:

Chabad is also very significant in Beijing. We expect to be there next April during Pesach and have already been in touch with them. As you know, Chabad is everywhere...1700+ locations world-wide, in some of the more remote places on every continent. Amazing folks!
Stu T.

http://www.chabadbeijing.com/
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Old Dec 13th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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This is my report on our visit to the Shanghai Synagogue from a few years ago:

"Took a taxi to the Ohel Moishe Synagogue where we had a marvelous recounting (50Y) of the Jewish experience in Shanghai in WW II. Mr. Wang, an 83 year old Chinese resident of the area who was there in WW II gave us a long walking tour of the old Jewish ghetto and war memorial. He felt so honored to give us this tour and sharing his knowledge, which appararently he does not do often, that he did not want to let us go. We felt so priviledged because soon he may be gone and his first-hand knowledge and experience lost forever."

It was a memorable experience. Sorry I don't have any advice for you now.
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tower,

Thanks for the comment. Do you know if they have shulchim in Harbin? My grandma is from Harbin, and I heard they tried to do High Holiday services last year there. Do you happen to hear about this, or any Jewish tourism there?
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W9:

Here is something about current conditions in Harbin ...the last Jew left in 1985...but a certain amount of restoration seems to be going on.

>>>The last Jew in Harbin left in 1985. Old Jewish schools, streets, and houses are kept intact or have been renovated. Among these old buildings are two synagogues, a rabbinical school, and the biggest Jewish cemetery in the Far East, in which there are about 700 gravestones with Hebrew inscriptions.<<<

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Stu,

Thanks very much for the info. Very interesting. My grandma left Harbin in the 1930s. We knew some former residents who moved to Australia or US after the war, but didn't know they had someone Jewish till as recently as 1985!

Happy chanukah.
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Hello, I'm a Canadian living in Hong Kong, and going to Shanghai during Passover on April 6th. Any tips on great hotels with low rates, or what not to miss. I will take that tour through J. Centre. and have dinner there too. thanks.
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FYI, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue and Jewish Refugee Museum in Shanghai are closed for renovations. The man said they'd open again in July 2007, and as of March 20 the building looked completely gutted.
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