Kaifeng women hit the books at Nishmat

Kaifeng women hit the books at Nishmat

Gao Yichen, Yue Ting, Li Jing, Li Yuan and Li Chengjin, the five Chinese Jewish women who made aliyah earlier this month with Shavei Israel’s help, are now all settled in and studying at Midreshet Nishmat – the Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. They will be focusing on Judaism and Hebrew as they prepare for formal conversion to Judaism through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

Shavei Israel’s director of marketing and new media Laura Ben David took some great pictures of the women on campus. Here’s a selection. (All photos are courtesy of Midreshet Nismat.)

And since it’s Purim week, the Kaifeng women got in the spirit of the holiday by dressing up and preparing signs wishing their fellow seminarians Happy Holidays – in Hebrew and Chinese. Here are some more photos.




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