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Presentation on Jews in China set for Nov. 18

Joy Katzen-Guthrie Joy Katzen-Guthrie Performer, composer, and teacher Joy Katzen-Guthrie will present an illustrated talk on Jews in China on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa.

Jewish communities have existed in the country for at least 13 centuries. The largest and most prosperous was in the ancient Sung capital of Kaifeng. In the 19th century, Sephardic Jews helped develop Shanghai, and after World War I Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe and the Russian Revolution settled there and in the port cities of Northern China. After 1933, they were joined by refugees from Nazi Germany, who were permitted entry without documentation, their citizenship having been revoked by the German government.

China is one of the few countries that has never persecuted its Jews. China and Israel enjoy a friendly relationship, and there are flourishing Jewish communities today in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou.

Katzen-Guthrie has led six Jewish heritage tours to China, and her account of these little-known Jewish communities will include a 90-minute presentation. It is sponsored by Cultural Jews of Tampa Bay and is free. All who are interested in the history and culture of the Jewish people are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the group’s page or contact Jeff Lipkes at

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