The Sino-Judaic Institute has been a pioneer in the field of Chinese-Jewish relations and Sino-Judaic studies for over three decades.
Established in 1985 with the initial goal of promoting research on the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, it also assisted modern day Chinese Jewish descendants in reconnecting with their cultural heritage.
Since that time, SJI has greatly expanded its scope to include research on the Jewish communities of Shanghai, Harbin, Tianjin, Hong Kong, and elsewhere in Asia from the 19th century to the present, and has spearheaded and actively supported the creation of Judaic Studies programs in China.
SJI provides grants to scholars, authors, students, filmmakers, and others engaged in the study of Jewish life in Asia, and engages with contemporary Jewish communities in China on matters of mutual interest.
Points East, the official newsletter of the Sino-Judaic Institute, is published three times a year and provides news of Jewish life in Asia, scholarly research, book reviews, information about grants, and opportunities to connect with others who are likewise deeply interested in all things Sino-Judaic.
As a virtual institute based in the United States, but with members the world over, we offer this website for all those with a thirst for knowledge about one of the least well-known, yet most fascinating parts of the Jewish diaspora.
We welcome you to join SJI today, and look forward to your active participation in the work that we do.