15 February 2008

Massachusetts: Kaifeng program, Feb. 19

Shi Lei was a student at Bar Ilan University in Israel when we met several years ago.

My genealogy society - JFRA Israel - invited him to a meeting which attracted a standing-room-only crowd in our smallish meeting room.

A descendant of the 1,000-year-old Jewish community in Kaifeng, China, he studied in Israel after graduation from Henan University.

Shi Lei returned to Kaifeng and is today a tour guide for Jewish groups who visit the city. He is also the leader of the small community of descendants, teaches Hebrew and is creating a mini-museum of the city's Jewish history.

Those who live within reach of Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts, can hear Shi Lei speak at 7.30pm Tuesday, February 19. It's worth the effort to hear him.

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