Articles by Dan Fellner


A tour of Jewish Shanghai

Pictured above: Shanghai’s dramatic skyline. Photo by Dan Fellner Shanghai is China’s largest city with 23 million people. It features one of the most dazzling skylines in the world, a booming economy and a compelling mixture of Eastern and Western cultures. But not many people are aware that Shanghai also offers visitors a fascinating glimpse…


Jewish roots entwined with Indian culture

Photo by Dan Fellner Numbering only about 5,000 in a country of more than 1.2 billion people, Jews constitute a minuscule fraction – 0.0004 percent – of the inhabitants in the world’s second-most populous country, known far more for curry and cricket than kreplach and kippot. Yet the unique historical legacy and important contributions of…


Thessaloniki Jews have a Rich History

When thinking of the historical hubs of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Europe, most Jews invoke stories of their ancestors’ “old country” – places like Poland, Germany, Hungary and Russia. But Greece? Surprisingly, as I learned during a recent visit, Thessaloniki, Greece, the country’s second-largest city, has one of the richest and most vibrant Jewish histories…


Frozen Chosen

They proudly call themselves “the frozen chosen.” It’s a clever moniker, and one that fits. Located less than 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the small and tight-knit Jewish community of Fairbanks, Alaska, must endure long, dark and brutally cold winters in a remote place where being an observant Jew can be as taxing…

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