Chanukah represents the story of Jewish survival in the face of persecution. The Macabbees used might and cunning to defeat the Greeks, but through the generations it was Jewish adaptability and the dispersion of our communities that fueled success and survival.
Jews set up outposts along the silk route, helping to establish trade and commerce between East and West. From the 10th to the 12th century, Kaifeng was the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty and a cosmopolitan center on the Silk Road. They settled into trades and, around 1163, built a synagogue. During World War II, Jews of all backgrounds found haven in Shanghai. This limited run of kippot made in China make wonderful Chanukah gifts and serve as a reminder of just how global Jewish life can be!