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Shanghai Jewish Center formally dedicated E-mail

The Ohel Yisrael Shanghai Jewish Center’s formal dedication drew international  guests, local residents and dignitaries to witness this historic day for China’s Jewish community.

On June 11, a large group gathered to take part in the formal dedication. The distinguished guest list included Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Chief Rabbi of Israel and rabbinic leaders from throughout Asia, Shanghai’s Rabbi Shalom Greenberg, and local dignitaries.  The Center’s donors, Mr. and Mrs. George Bohbot, of Hong Kong, and Mr. and Mrs. Max Azria, of California, were also in attendance.

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Jewish Times Asia updates E-mail

Jewish Times Asia  recently bid farewell to managing editor, Rhondda May, as she relocated to the United States with her two daughters.

Rhondda resided in Hong Kong for nearly 15 years. “Her contribution to the paper was invaluable. She helped us from the launch issue and still plans  to contibute to our paper.” said Philip Jay, Publisher.

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Asia's rabbinic conference attended by Sephardic Chief Rabbi E-mail

Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, during his trip to Shanghai held a conference of local rabbinic leaders.

This was the Chief Rabbi’s first visit to Shanghai and second visit to the region.  Rabbi Shlomo Amar visited Thailand on his last regional trip.

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Moshe Safdie designs Singapore's new casino complex E-mail

Singapore has recently reversed its 40 year ban on casino operations and will begin construction of the Marina Sands Casino. Moshe Safdie, world renowned architect, is responsible for the design.

U.S. casino operators have been rushing to expand into the Asian market and the Las Vegas Sands Casino recently won the license to build in Singapore. Three other corporations competed for the license: MGM Mirage and Capita Land Ltd, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. and Keppel Land Ltd, and Genting International PLC and Star Cruises Ltd.

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First Mikvah to be built in China since World War II E-mail

The Rohr Family Chabad Community Centre in Beijing is building China’s first mikvah since World War II.

The facility, designed by architect He Wei, will include some distinctive Chinese touches, including a pagoda and carved dome ceiling. “There’s no way anyone would mistake this mikvah for one in Brooklyn,” commented Rabbi Shimon Freundlich.

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