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The Chinese-Jewish Conversation

Comparing the two cultures from antiquity to modernity

Chinese and Jewish traditions are driven by the core values of learning, family, and community exemplified by Confucius and his near contemporary Ezra the Scribe, as discussed by Prof. Annping Chin (Yale University) and Prof. Mordechai Cohen (YU). The modern implications of those values are discussed in the introductions by YU Provost Selma Botman and Gui Albieri, SUNY Vice President for Student Affairs. The accompanying video shows highlights of that conversation at YU on November 13, 2019. For a full recap and details of other conversations, see below. 

Mission

With a growing Chinese student population and strengthening ties to the Chinese community in New York City and China, Yeshiva University is positioned to play a key role in the increasingly important interface between Chinese and Jewish cultures. The Chinese-Jewish Conversation sponsors periodic seminars at YU by Chinese scholars, correlated with corresponding elements in Jewish tradition, as well as informal meetings of students, alumni, and other professionals to foster ties between the Chinese and Jewish communities in NYC and beyond

Aims of the Chinese-Jewish Conversation:

  • Increase mutual awareness between Chinese and Jewish communities and cultures
  • Provide a welcome space for Chinese students at YU

Some shared challenges of Chinese and Jewish cultures:

  • Upholding core values, such as family and education
  • Studying our classical texts, and understanding how they speak to us today
  • Balancing traditional norms with modern life
  • Relationship between “homeland” and “diaspora”—communities and individuals

Past Events

Biblical & Chinese Ecological Values

Biblical & Chinese Ecological Values

This event, “New frontiers of Torah U-Madda: Chinese and Jewish Ecological Values,” was held on March 3, 2020.
Read more about this event China Ecological Vision Sources

Biblical & Chinese Ecological Values

Debby Li

The China/Israel Connection

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, East and West met at a special event titled “China and Israel: How did ancient states emerge?
Read more about this event View Digital Brochure of Event

The China/Israel Connection

Dr. Roger Ames (left) and Dr. Mordechai Cohen

The Chinese-Jewish Conversation Continues

Dr. Roger Ames of Peking University Unfolds the Complexities of Confucian Thought. 
Read more about this event View Digital Brochure of Event 

The Chinese-Jewish Conversation Continues

Biblical & Chinese Ecological Values

Biblical & Chinese Ecological Values

This event, “New frontiers of Torah U-Madda: Chinese and Jewish Ecological Values,” was held on March 3, 2020.
Read more about this event China Ecological Vision Sources

Biblical & Chinese Ecological Values

Debby Li

The China/Israel Connection

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, East and West met at a special event titled “China and Israel: How did ancient states emerge?
Read more about this event View Digital Brochure of Event

The China/Israel Connection

Dr. Roger Ames (left) and Dr. Mordechai Cohen

The Chinese-Jewish Conversation Continues

Dr. Roger Ames of Peking University Unfolds the Complexities of Confucian Thought. 
Read more about this event View Digital Brochure of Event 

The Chinese-Jewish Conversation Continues

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