The Risch Memorial Program is the Museum's largest and most important annual event in our calendar year. Each year we focus on a different aspect of the topic of immigration. This year, as JMM looks at cultural ties between the Chinese and the Jewish Communities though its Project Mah Jongg exhibit, we have invited a very special expert on the Jews of East Asia to be our featured speaker. Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan and author of the Fugu Plan, will deliver the keynote presentation, From Poverty to Culture: The Refugee Community in Shanghai During World War II.

You won’t want to miss this powerful evocation of how the 20,000 Jews of Shanghai struggled against impossible odds not only to survive, but thrive in this unexpected refuge. Rabbi Marvin Tokayer will bring to life this unique immigrant story.

Support for the Risch Memorial program is provided by Frank and Helen Risch through the Risch Memorial Endowment Fund at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

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