Community Scholar Program (CSP)
China through Jewish Eyes with guide Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
After his ordination as a rabbi, Marvin Tokayer served as United States Air Force Chaplain in Japan. Upon discharge he returned to Tokyo to serve for eight years as the rabbi for the Jewish Community of Japan. He wrote twelve books in Japanese; discovered literally the last of the Chinese Jews; located a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki; contributed to the Encyclopedia Judaica; acted as a bridge for many travelers between East and West; served the needs of his congregation; and became spellbound by the threads of a story which he began piecing together. His investigation of the facts took him throughout Asia, to Israel and Washington D.C. as he searched for documents and tracked down the people, both Jewish and Japanese, who had taken part in the rescue of Jews from the Holocaust. After his time in Japan, he founded and led the Cherry Lane Minyan shul in Great Neck, New York for fourteen years, while leading tours of Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India. He and his wife are the parents of four children and grandparents of ten. Rabbi Tokayer is now in high demand for his dynamic presentations, scholarship, and annual tours of Jewish Asia.
Fly to Chine, connect to Xian. Visit to the terra cotta warriors, the greatest archeological find of the 20th century, equal to the Dead Sea scrolls; and the amazing history museum which depicts Jewish history in ancient China. See one of the best theatrical performances in China. Tour the original city walls, Wild Goose Pagoda, site of the original introduction of Buddhism to China. Bullet train to Beijing. Tour Tiananmen Square, largest public square in the world and site of the 1989 uprising. The Forbidden City was the original Imperial Palace of the Ming Dynasty, and featured in the film, The Last Emperor. There is a surprising Jewish component to the forbidden city. Visit the Summer Palace incl. a boat ride on the lake. Evening tour of "Old Peking" (hutongs) by trishaw. Walk on the Great Wall, one of the wonders of the world, and "the Sacred Way", pathway to the Ming Tombs with original ancient stone statues of government officials and animals, real and imaginary...a photographer's dream. Shabbat services & dinner. Rabbi Tokayer will discuss the fascinating and unknown Jewish experience in China. Enjoy cultural performances.
Fly to Shanghai - Drive along the Bund and see the amazing Pudong skyline across the river. EInjoy the exciting Chinese acrobatic circus. Attend an informative presentation at the Judaic Studies Center, followed by a tour of Hongkew, including the site of a former synagogue, and Museum of the Jewish refugee experience in Shanghai where over 20,000 Jewish lives were saved during the holocaust. Continue to the Yu Gardens and see the Children’s Palace (former Kadoorie Home). Night tour of Xintiandi; Shanghai museum plus optional afternoon shopping tour. Evening cruise on the Huangpu River, followed by a Farewell dinner where Rabbi Tokayer will summarize the Jewish experience in China.
Escorted by Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
Transfers & sightseeing by chartered a/c coach with English speaking local guides incl. entrance fees
4-star hotels in Xian, Beijing and Shanghai, double occupancy, incl. all hotel service and taxes
Buffet hotel breakfast daily plus some lunches and dinners
Evening cultural events and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities to guides, drivers and restaurant staff
Sponsor: Community Scholar Program