These are just a few photographs from the Karel Weiss collection (courtesy of the Hong Kong Jewish Historical Society). The photographs were taken throughout Hong Kong between the 1940s-1970s.
Karel Weiss was born on July 15, 1904. He was originally form Piestany (Postyen), Czechoslovakia and arrived in Hong Kong circa 1930 from Prague.
He co-founded the Far Eastern Economic Review and also founded the Graphic Press. He wrote a book, The Hong Kong Guide, in 1955.
He was also the purported Hong Kong bridge champion as well as the Hong Kong chess champion who taught children in the community how to play chess and often sat in the Jewish Club on Sunday mornings playing chess.
He died on 23 June 1994 and is remembered as a devout Jew who was a daily regular at Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah Synagogue. Many can recall the sound of his cane on the stones as he slowly approached the Synagogue.
Music of Israelites and Jews of Africa and Asia is a beautiful new CD by Irene Orleansky. It is the product of a 2,700 year journey that left Jews scattered in the four corners of the earth.
Orleansky, a singer, Chapman stick player and music producer from Israel, traveled throughout Asia and Africa with her mobile studio visiting nine communities in seven countries to explore their music. Though the original purpose of Irene’s two year journey was to showcase the diversity of Jewish music and culture, she was deeply moved by the hardship, poverty and discrimination that many of these Jewish communities encounter in their daily lives.
She will be using the proceeds from her sales to support those communities in need.
The story of Orleansky’s journey to Andhra Pradesh, India can be found in Issue 11 of Asian Jewish Life: Bnei Ephraim in A Musical Journey to Andhra Pradesh-Understanding the Bnei Ephraim.
Miriam Yacobi and Irene Orleansky in Andhra Pradesh
To purchase this incredible musical journey, the journey of the Jewish people, please visit Irene Orleansky’s site at: http://www.ireneorleansky.com/cd-music-of-israelites-and-jews-of-africa-and-asia.html