Law & Society: The Jews of Shanghai

Conference Information June 1, 2015 – June 3, 2015
Optional Day Trips – June 4, 2015 to Shanghai City Tour, Nanjing or Suzhou
Optional Post Trip Extension – June 5 – 10, 2015

The history of the Jews of Shanghai is an intriguing story. But it is a story that is not well known in the United States. Baghdadi Jews came to Shanghai in the mid-19th century and prospered; Russian Jews fleeing the Czar and then the Bolshevik Revolution emigrated to China in the early 20th century, coming to Shanghai in large numbers in the 1930s after the Japanese takeover of Manchuria; and approximately 18,000 Jews from Europe sought refuge from Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and early 1940’s to the open port of Shanghai.
The year 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The conference will examine history from a number of perspectives, including, law, literature and sociology. The conference is also an opportunity to significantly commemorate the important historical events that brought Jews to China, allowing for interactions and exchanges between people from two historical and influential cultures. Indeed, the conference will seek to further mutual learning and cross-cultural cooperation between the Chinese and Jewish peoples.
One of the objectives of the cross cultural Law and Society Symposium “Jews of Shanghai" conference is to bring the participation of all graduate and undergraduate schools within the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) under the same umbrella as co-sponsors for the event. The University has made the commitment to providing the support and necessary resources to making the June Conference a significant event for City of Shanghai.
Major Conference Co-Sponsors (as of December 31, 2014):
Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE)
The Center of Jewish Studies Shanghai (CJSS)
Conference Partners (as of December 31, 2014):
The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Underwriting Support Provided by (as of December 31, 2014):
The Sino-Judaic Institute (SJI)
The Spungen Family Foundation
The Capobianco Family
Conference Fee*:
Conference Fee - $650 - Touro Law Center Alumni and Guests - $600
Conference Fee Includes:
Entrance to Conference Sessions and Events
3 CLE Credits
Airport to Hotel Transfer with driver and English speaking guide
Conference transportation via A/C bus
Bi-lingual guides throughout
Monday evening reception at Ohel Moshe Synagogue/Jewish Refugee Museum
Two Luncheons
Guided tour of Jewish Shanghai including all admissions
Conference Meals are catered by the Shanghai Jewish Center and under the supervision of Rabbi Shalom Greenberg
Conference Registration Open
Application to Conference via Registration Form
Conference Registration Fees are to be paid directly to Touro Law Center via check or credit card (see form).
Beginning Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - Registration forms, additional information and payment information for conference hotel, optional day trips, visa applications and post trip extension can be found at:
For Conference Questions:
Please contact Assistant Dean Linda Howard Weissman at or (631) 761-7061
For conference information between 1/6/15 and 1/20/15 please contact Cassie Zilavy at

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