February 25

In person! “The Many Faces of the 1930’s Shanghai Jewish Community”

2:00 pm — 3:30 pm

Oak Park Temple
1235 N Harlem Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

Registration is full – thank you for your interest!
Join NCJW and Oak Park Temple members for a Chinese tea tasting and illuminating presentation!

The 1930s Shanghai Jewish community is usually discussed hand in hand with the 20,000 Jewish refugees from Germany and Eastern Europe. But there were already several Jewish communities in Shanghai by the time the refugees arrived. Susan Blumberg-Kason will talk about the Baghdadi Jewish community headed by Victor Sassoon and the Kadoorie family, along with Russian Jewish musicians, the earliest German Jewish refugees, and American Jewish writers, all of whom made Shanghai home.

Susan Blumberg-Kason has been a member of Oak Park Temple and the National Council of Jewish Women for the past 15 years and is the author of Bernardine’s Shanghai Salon, a new book that includes never-before-told stories from the glitz and glamour of 1930s Shanghai.

Schmooze with others while enjoying traditional Chinese tea and sweets at 2:00 PM.

Enjoy the presentation from 2:30-3:15 pm.  Q & A and book signing will follow.

On-site, receive a free raffle ticket to win a gift basket complete with teapot, tea, and Susan’s book Bernardine’s Shanghai Salon, to be raffled at the end of the program.

If you’d like to get Susan’s book beforehand and have her sign it, copies are available on Amazon and at The Book Table in Oak Park at 1045 Lake St., which will have copies available the day of the event.

This is an in-person only free event.  Registration is required to attend.  

The program begins at 2pm.  For security purposes, entrance doors to the temple will close at 2:15pm.