This YouTube video is about the Chinese descendents of the Kaifeng Jews returning to Israel. Three Chinese women living in Israel wait at the airport for their arrival. Three-and-a-half years earlier, these women went through a similar experience when they arrived from China.
All of the Chinese, those arriving and those already in Israel, are descendents of the Jewish community in Kaifeng, China, which existed for a thousand years.
Michael Freund, Chairman of Shavei Israel, talks about the Kaifeng Jews and how they lost their identity through assimilation. What’s left of that Chinese Jewish community has made great efforts to hold onto their Jewish identity. Now, many of the Kaifeng Jewish descendents want to reconnect with their Jewish roots.
The Shavei organization has been guiding and supporting the descendents of the Kaifeng’s Jewish community for the last few years. The Kaifeng Jews have traveled to Israel to study Hebrew and the Jewish culture. After arriving, the Kaifeng Jews went straight from the airport to the Western Wall.
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