Chinese New Year
Use our resources to make your celebration more welcoming and inclusive.
Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese year. Today, relatively few Jews of Chinese descent still live in China; most live around the world, particularly in the United States and Israel.
Art Project: Chinese Paper Lanterns
Create your own lucky paper lanterns with this simple project. (Free registration required.)
Recipe: Chinese Vegetable Dumplings
These tasty dumplings are guaranteed to bring good luck in the new year. (Free registration required.)
Passport to Peoplehood: China
Explore the rich Jewish heritage of China and the connections between Rosh Hashanah and Chinese New Year. (Free registration required.)
Diverse Jewish Stories: Davi Cheng
Blog Posts on Chinese Jews
I was merely expressing who I am through art, and how the many pieces of me — the Jew, the Chinese, the lesbian — come together and become one.
This is the final in a short series on adoption in Jewish families.
Books on Jews and China
JewAsian is a qualitative examination of the intersection of race, religion, and ethnicity in the increasing number of households that are Jewish American and Asian American. Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt’s book explores the larger social dimensions of intermarriages to explain how these particular unions reflect not only the identity of married individuals but also the communities to which they belong.
See "Jews of Kaifeng, China" (2009) pages (1160-1167). "Jews in China" (2009) pages (1155-1159). "Jews in Shanghai"(2009) pages (1172-1176). "Jews in China"(2009) pages (1182-1185).
A fascinating photographic record that illustrates four historical migrations of Jews to China: Yuan dynasty Jews in Kaifeng, mid-nineteenth century Baghdadi merchants in Shanghai, early twentieth century migrants from Russia, and mid twentieth century refugees from Nazi Germany. Black and white photographs, Chinese and English commentary throughout.
Children’s Books on Chinese Jews
David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot on his plate. Preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah would be enough work even if it didn't involve trying to please his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers, who argue about everything. But David just wants everyone to be happy.
Two grandmas. Two delicious recipes. And one granddaughter caught in the middle!
In I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, Rose Lewis and Jane Dyer told the heartfelt story of one woman's adoption a baby girl from China. These sentiments are brought to life again in this touching portrait of birthday celebrations and unforgettable moments between a mother and her little girl.
In this first view of China adoption from a child's perspective, eight-year-old Ying Ying Fry returns to her orphanage to remember what it is like and to write a story so that other adopted children will understand where they came from.
A collection of legends and stories from the oral tradition of this group of Jews who migrated to China long ago offers a look at their history and unique identity.