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Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

Chinese Jews of Kaifeng huddle under pressure

Study center serving Kaifeng’s 1,000 Jews closed by authorities, public events canceled, report says

Jews and Judaism in China have had a long history. Jewish settlers are documented in China as early as the 7th or 8th century CE. Relatively isolated communities developed through the Tang and Song Dynasties all the way through the Qing Dynasty , most notably in the Kaifeng Jews . By the time of the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, few if any native Chinese Jews were known to have maintained the practice of their religion and culture .[citation needed] In the late…

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Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

A campaign against unapproved religion and foreign influence has turned to a small group of Jews with ancestors who settled in Kaifeng more than 1,000 years ago.