News: Zigman’s ‘Émigré’ oratorio, about Jews who fled Nazis for Shanghai, has US premiere

Performed by New York Philharmonic, Émigré evokes a World War II-era sound reminiscent of Rodgers and Hammerstein; organizers hope joint project can ease US-China ties

Émigré is an oratorio by Aaron Zigman about Jews who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai in the 1940s. It had its US premiere by the New York Philharmonic in 2022. The oratorio tells a fictional story but is based on the true history of 20,000-30,000 Jews who found refuge in Shanghai during this time period. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Émigré explores the experiences of Jewish refugees and themes of migration, cultural exchange, and understanding between different communities. [Read More]
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News: "A political price must be exacted from China for its stance against Israel"

Political intellectuals and academics call on the Prime Minister to exact a political price for the Chinese position against Israel. But does Israel have leverage over the Chinese giant?

Ilan Alon, dean of the School of Economics at the College of Management, signed a letter along with other public figures and academics requesting that Israel reduce its relations with China. This was due to China’s anti-Israel policies, support for Iran and Syria, and refusal to condemn the Seven Martyrs killings. Alon believes that Israel’s international and trade policies should be based on how other countries treat Israel as friends or enemies. [Read More]
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