Explore the Jewish History of Shanghai
Prerequisite Note: Due to the virtual setting of this class, you must have computer capability, including internet access, in order to participate. A camera is also optimal but not required.
Three historical waves of Jewish immigration helped define the extraordinary metropolis of Shanghai in China. The Jews have had a deep presence, albeit little know, tied to the city’s history.
Join scholar and photojournalist Dvir Bar-Gal, as he takes you on a journey into the histories and present of this community, its heritage, life and culture.
Named by media and various individuals as a Professor, A Jewish history guru or a Rabbi, Dvir Bar-Gal is none of the above. Graduating Tel-Aviv University in film & TV studies, Bar-Gal worked as a TV maker in Israel. Since 2001 he has been based in Shanghai, a place he has made his home ever since.
A chance meeting led Bar-Gal to search the Lost Shanghai Jewish cemeteries. It started as a journalistic research but became a personal mission to locate and collect many lost Jewish gravestones.
With a passion to explore, preserve, and bring to life Shanghai’s little-known yet extraordinary Jewish past, Bar-Gal began leading a Jewish heritage tours of Shanghai. His tours became the most in-demand attraction for visitors to the city since 2003.
In recent years, Bar-Gal has often been invited to present this history in various communities, shuls and schools in the US, Israel and Australia.
Bar-Gal is the author of three photography books. He had published the first Passover Haggadah of China and working on a feature long documentary about the search for the lost Jewish Cemeteries.