China

FALL SEMESTER | 7 DAYS

China

The world’s third biggest country with the largest population, China is a true amalgam of peoples, flavors, and landscapes. Among the most ancient cultures (along with the Jews!), China has been documenting its rich history for more than 3,000 years.

Find out what “Made in China” really means!

What: Explore modern China, a place where the ancient and modern meet at full force. Visit famous Tiananmen Square, climb the Great Wall, taste a tasty wonton, and appraise the country’s current connection with Israel. Additionally, delve into the history of Jews who live in China. While in Beijing, a city of 22 million people, you will also visit the Israeli Embassy, explore the Forbidden City, and enjoy free time for shopping, wandering, and more.

Why: There are many similarities between the Jewish culture and China, which represents a people as old as our own. In a way we could imagine a Jewish culture that thrived, grew, and remained in Israel instead of being exiled. Chinese culture developed and grew by staying stationary instead of wandering the globe. There have been Jews over the centuries in China and quite a few Jews were saved from the Holocaust by seeking refuge in China including the parents of Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister of Israel. Like most countries of the world, Israel needs to be very careful with its relationship to China. On the one hand economically they are vital trading partners. But China poses serious challenges to the democratic ideals on which Israel is founded. Recently, Israel and China have engaged in developing increased tourism and cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

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