Shanghai (archive photo)
Photo: Gil Sofer
China okays Shanghai mikveh
Local Jewish community leaders convince authorities mikveh ‘not a spa’
Chinese authorities authorized the Jewish community in Shanghai to build a mikveh for the first time since World War Two, this after community leaders convinced them that it ‘is not a spa.’


The mikveh was inaugurated last Sunday.


In 2002 some 300 Jews lived in Shanghai, and today they number about 1,500; only two of them are Chinese, with the rest being Jews who had immigrated from all over the world.


“People came to is and asked for a mikveh,” said Chabad Rabbi Shalom Greenberg, who operates the mikveh together with his wife Dina. “Before there were a few women who had to travel all the way to the mikveh in Hong Kong; we had to explain to the Chinese what a mikveh is and convince them that is not a spa.


“The officials inquired as to why we couldn’t use one of Shanghai’s spas, but they eventually understood the need,” he said.  


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