Shanghai’s Rabbi

Ohel Rachel SynagogueDo you think you have it tough? Ask rabbi Shalom Greenberg what it’s like to be the sole leadership for the Jewish people living in Shanghai! Imagine how difficult it would be to live in the land of pork and try to keep kosher. Picture him having to ask the Chinese communist government for permission to use the 85-year-old Ohel Rachel Synagogue and to have that request granted at most 3 or 4 times a year.

That’s just the start for this 33-year-old rabbi from Brooklyn who was asked to move to China to help lead the Jewish faithful. Despite all of the obstacles (and there are lots more) rabbi Greenberg and the 1,000 or so Jews living in Shanghai prove that where there is a will, there is a way. Oddly enough, this story could actually be a good premise for one of those ‘fish out of water’ comedy flicks! Don’t forget to give us credit for the idea if this becomes a blockbuster hit starring Ben Stiller. Check out the rest of the story here!

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2 thoughts on “Shanghai’s Rabbi

  1. I think you should tress to the jews that being jewish is pleasent &rewarding not dificult.because all you have to do in order to b religious is to keep the 5books you dont have to do like the later scholers if you see the torah did not mean as they said.

  2. I used to be the head chef for the Jewish community in Shanghai, and it was an encredible experience. Rabbi Greenberg and his wife are trully an encredible couple.

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