One of the most fascinating, and often overlooked story of survival and perseverance during the Holocaust is that of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai. In addition to a government-operated museum chronicling their journey, there are popular Jewish history tours and other cultural centers dedicated to their struggle. Modern Shanghai is home to around 3000 Jews, many of whom are young professional expats. Kosher food is available only through Chabad, which has three centers across the city, and the only restaurant is located on the other side of the city in Hongqiao. Despite its small size, as an expat community, Shanghai’s Jewish population is extremely welcoming of foreign students and encourages their active involvement and leadership.


  • Shabbat and holiday experiences
  • Chabad of Pudong
  • Moishe House Shanghai
  • Social connections
  • Jewish History in Asia and Asian Jewish Studies Departments
  • Chabad of Asia is very active in volunteerism

Feel free to get in touch with us at UJS by calling 0207 424 3288 - We are here to help and have great knowledge and connections!

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