US anger at Israel over China bank case

By Shira Rubin, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a political bind after pulling witnesses from a US case accusing the Bank of China of transferring money to Palestinian terror groups.

Mr Netanyahu called Israel’s US envoy Michael Oren back to Israel to discuss the crisis last weekend.

The US and Jewish groups expressed shock at the Israeli decision.


Break down China’s wall against Jews

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi has launched a campaign to get the Chinese government to recognise Judaism as a faith.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has written to the Chinese ambassador in the UK, requesting that Judaism be added to the list of religions officially acknowledged by China, and has asked Foreign Secretary William Hague for his support.


Russia and China rebuke Iran – but don't be deceived

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2012

Last week in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a strongly worded resolution chastising Iran for its lack of co-operation over its nuclear programme.

For months, the IAEA has been negotiating with Iran to get its inspectors into a giant military complex approximately 40 miles outside Tehran, in Parchin.


Limmud goes to China

By Erica Lyons, June 7, 2012

It took the combined efforts and support of the American Jewish Joint Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) along with Limmud International and Kehillat Beijing to provide the framework for China’s first Limmud.


Chinese media compares Dalai Lama to Hitler

By Michaela Walters, March 29, 2012

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles has hit out at recent comments posted online by two of China's state-run media outlets which equated Noble Prize-winner the Dalai Lama with Hitler.


Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.


Limmud conference planned for Beijing Jewish community

By Jemimah Steinfeld, February 8, 2012

Limmud is set to land in the Chinese capital this year - and an organiser claims it could turn out to be a historic moment for Jewish life in the country.

The festival of arts and discussion is due to take place in Beijing in December, with a small-scale "taster" event timetabled for June 3.


Putting faith in FCO China mission

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

Kisharon staff member Liebel Cowan returned this week from a Chinese visit as part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office delegation.

The FCO party was in Nanjing for the latest round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, which centred both on the role of the faith community in society and efforts to encourage human rights reform in China.

Mr Cowan - community liaison officer for the learning


We have Starbucks and Tesco, but no kosher meat

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

When I began my business course at the University of Nottingham I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be moving all the way to the other side of the world to a city called Ningbo, in China, as part of my degree.

Arriving for my exchange year I asked myself what I was doing. China is completely different to home, and Ningbo especially so. It was hot and sticky.


Making a meal of Chinese prize

By Anna Sheinman, October 6, 2011

The Chinese language skills of a 22-year-old international business development worker won him an invitation to a Chinese embassy banquet.

Blair Sugarman of Totteridge was among winners of a Chinese speaking competition, for which he recited a Taiwanese poem and spoke about his year in northern China.