The Jewish Families Who Helped Shape Modern China

In his book The Last Kings of Shanghai, Jonathan Kaufman tells the story of two Jewish families who helped open China to international trade, making fortunes in the process. Sarah Abrevaya Stein sums up their rise in her review:

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At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace

Oct. 20 2021

At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.

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More about: American Jewry, American Religion, Columbia University, Orthodoxy, University