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Schedule of 2020 Jewish History Lectures by Irene Shaland

Upcoming Jewish History Lectures Presented by Irene Shaland: September, October, December 2020 “…memory is the keyword, which combines past and present, past and future…” Elie Wiesel An internationally-published writer and educator Irene Shaland invites you to embark on a journey … Continue reading

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Countries Around the World Respond to the Holocaust

Journey of Conscience: Countries Around the World Respond to the Holocaust Lecture presented by Irene Shaland at the Maltz Museum on January 30 at 7:00PM Why do we tell stories? Is it to entertain: to capture the attention of the … Continue reading

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The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Released

New book of stories from Irene Shaland is now available in paperback. In The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish narrative from various parts of the globe. She takes the reader on a … Continue reading

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Origins of Buddhism in China

This is a short excerpt from Irene Shaland’s lecture presented on December 1, 2013 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In this episode, Irene talks about the origins and development of Buddhism in China. View a short Video

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How to discover China off the beaten track – where can you meet a real Emperor…

October 2012, Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Oh, well, maybe not the Emperor Puyi himself who is long gone – but his nephew, Aisin-Gioro Yuming. Persuaded by his royal family, Yuming has been studying traditional calligraphy and painting since his childhood.  Presently, Mr. Yuming teaches calligraphy at … Continue reading

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How to discover China off the beaten track – what does it take to preserve Jewish identity if you are a Chinese Jew?

October 2012, Again – Kaifeng, China. We are at the oldest Jewish burial place in China – with Mr. Jin in front of his life-long project, his family memorial. Our new friend dedicated his life savings and his entire life … Continue reading

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History of Confucian Synagogue in Kaifeng, China

We visited this synagogue in Kaifeng in October 2012. On the photo you can see how  Irene hurriedly writes, Esther, a Founder and Director of the Kaifeng Jewish History Memorial Center, tells the story of her forebears. On the wall, … Continue reading

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How to discover China off the beaten track –meeting Biblical Esther-namesake in Kaifeng

In October 2012, we went to Henan province, one of the poorest in China and definitely off the tourist tack. We wanted to get to Kaifeng to meet Esther, “A Kaifeng Jew” as she proudly calls herself. On this photo, … Continue reading

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