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Bernard and Samra Gotlib Jewish Speaker Series

Saturday, February 18, 2023 27 Shevat 5783

7:15 PM - 10:00 PM

Special Guest Speaker Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Jonathan Kaufman


Join us on Saturday, February 18, 2023 as we welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author Jonathan Kaufman to Congregation Ohev Shalom as the first speaker in the Bernard and Samra Gotlib Jewish Speaker Series. Mr. Kaufman will speak about his latest book, “The Last Kings of Shanghai – The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China.”  

Thanks to the generosity of the Gotlib family there is no charge to attend, but reservations are requested by February 9 to help us plan for food and seating. 

Our Program   

7:15 pm  Dessert Reception  |  7:45 pm  Havdalah  |  8:00 pm  Speaker 

Location: 613 Concourse Parkway South in Maitland, FL   
This program is sponsored by the Bernard and Samra Gotlib Family. 

RSVP Below
Reserve your seats by February 9, 2023 


About The Speaker 

Jonathan Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, editor and author, and is the current director of Northeastern University School of Journalism. He has written and reported on China for decades, as well as on issues of race, ethnicity and class. Mr. Kaufman previously served as Executive Editor for Company News at Bloomberg News, as deputy Page One editor and as China Bureau Chief at The Wall Street Journal, and as the Boston Globe’s Berlin Bureau Chief. He is the author of two other well-reviewed books, "A Hole in the Heart of the World: Being Jewish in Eastern Europe" and "Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America," which won the National Jewish Book Award.

About The Book

Discover the fascinating stories of the Sassoons and the Kadoories, two Jewish families from Baghdad that from the 1800s until the Communist takeover in 1949 built wildly prosperous financial empires and bent the arc of China’s history. They ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world but turned a blind eye to the country’s deep inequality and political turmoil. During World War II, the families overcame their rivalry to work together to save 18,000 Jews fleeing the Nazis.  

Learn about this little-known part of Chinese history and the insights it offers into China’s current economic and political struggles.

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