The Shaare Rason Synagogue, also somewhat ironically also known as the New Synagogue, was built in 1840 in the Kodak area of Bombay. It was officially consecrated on June 4, 1843 by the Bene Israel community and is located near The Gate of Mercy Synagogue (Shaar Harahamim). Shaare Rason was originally built by a splinter group within the Bene Israel community who broke off from the Shaar Harahamim congregation. (Shaar Harahamim, built in 1796, is the oldest synagogue in the city.)
Shaare Rason is still used for worship though community members have indicated this historic synagogue, while having stood the test of time, is in need of repair and maintenance. The photos indicate the interior plaster walls are peeling. The siddurim are also apparently in poor condition as well.
To learn more about the condition of the synagogue, you may contact Sinnora Kolatkar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her son Shahar Kolatkar is pictured blowing the shofar.
For an incredible ‘tour’ of Shaare Rason Synagogue, either visit Mumbai or instead have a look at Synagogues360 http://www.synagogues360.org/synagogues.php?ident=india_005. This virtual tour gives a good look at the current condition of the synagogue. If you are in India, you can find Shaare Rason at 90 Tantanoura Street, Mumbai.
The Hong Kong Jewish Historical Society invites you to join them on their journey to Jewish India from December 5-11, 2013.
Highlights of the trip will include synagogue tours in Mumbai and Cochin, a local Bene Israel tour guide, lectures by local experts and a Shabbat dinner in Mumbai with the local community.
The approximate cost is HK$18,700/ US$2400 (based on minimum 15 participants) with HK$5200/ US$670 for a single supplement.
The price includes:
· Economy airfares Hong Kong Mumbai Cochin Mumbai Hong Kong on Jetairways (based on minimum group size of 10 adults)
· Category A hotels in both cities
· Tour guides
· All meals (vegetarian)
· Special Shabbat meal
· All ground transportation on large air-conditioned bus
· Entrance fees to monuments
· Guide from Mumbai to Cochin
· Boat trip from Mumbai-Alibag-Mumbai
The maximum number of participants is 20 persons on a first come first serve basis (minimum age for participants is 16).
Please contact Brenda at email@example.com if you are possibly interested in joining.
China wants to learn more about Israel and its people. This month marked the culmination of cooperation between Israeli government and non-government institutes and organizations when two Israeli Studies Programs in China received packages of books and journals directly from Israel. SIGNAL (Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership) worked alongside the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies to collect books, journals, memorandums etc. on Israel and get them to Chinese universities with Israel Studies Programs.
Until 2011, there were no Israeli Studies Program in China. But as commercial interactions between the two countries continued to grow, China took active interest in exploring the deeper parallels between the Jewish State and the Middle Kingdom, home to ancient civilizations. Israel and the PRC were founded within a year of each other.
Aware of changes in China, SIGNAL established the first Israel Studies Program (ISP) at a Chinese university in 2011 at Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) in Chongqing. Since this historic moment where Israel entered the Chinese curriculum for the first time, SIGNAL has been working to establish Israeli Studies Programs at universities across China to bring the two nations closer together. In addition to the program at SISU, SIGNAL has established Israel Studies Programs at Shihezi University in Xinjiang, Henan University and Shanghai International Studies University. Two additional ISPs are being established in 2013 in south China's Yunnan Province at Yunnan University under the School of International Studies and in central China in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province at Northwest University under the Middle East Studies department.
In China, ISPs educate about Israel helping prevent misunderstandings of the Jewish State and its people. A recent report by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) suggested that the growth of Israel Studies programs [in the USA] has been a resounding success in reshaping anti-Israel attitudes.
Carmel School Association Limited recently announced that the Hong Kong Government, through the Education Bureau, has approved a permanent grant for the premises at 460 Shau Kei Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong to the school. This grant was an important development in securing the future of the school's newly expanded secondary education program which will celebrate its first graduating class next month.
Carmel School Association Limited, founded in 1991, now operates a through-train of education from aged 1 to 18. The Shau Kei Wan campus, home Carmel School’s Elsa High School, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a registered International Baccalaureate school for both the Diploma Program (Grades 11-12) and the Middle Years Programs (Grades 6-10).
Commenting on the allocation, Neil Hyman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carmel School Association Limited said: “We are delighted to receive a permanent grant of our current premises in Shau Kei Wan, which will enable us to expand our offering and increase available places at each of pre-school, elementary and secondary school sections. Carmel is East Asia’s largest and only through-train Jewish school, and the permanent grant of the premises will enable us to contribute towards establishing and maintaining Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s world city.”
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