Watch Kulanu Canada’s video from our webinar about the amazing documentary film Xueta Island: A Hidden History about the Jews of Majorca, with producer, entrepreneur, and storyteller, Dani Rotstein.
A content producer, entrepreneur, and storyteller, New Jersey native Dani Rotstein moved to the Spanish island of Majorca in 2014 to produce TV commercials, and he didn’t expect there to be much Jewish life there. His surprising discoveries led to his work on the documentary film Xueta Island: A Hidden History, for which he is not only a director, but also a subject.
On March 2, 2023, special guest Yaakov Baruch, Leader of the Indonesian Jewish Community presented as fascinting history of the Jews in Indonesia. Yaakov Baruch was born in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and grew up in Manado. He learned of his maternal Jewish mother’s background while a youth, and began to research his Dutch Jewish roots while in college. Yaakov visited Jewish communities in Singapore and Israel, Europe and America and then chose more in-depth study of Judaism.
In 2000, Yaakov established a synagogue community in Manado and inaugurated the synagogue in 2004, which was attended by Israel TV Channel 10. While there were Jews in Indonesia with Iraqi and Dutch roots, those communities which had existed in other parts of the country no longer exist. In 2019, the Tondano community decided to change its Synagogue “minhag” to that of the Western Sephardic or Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities. The Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue was consecrated in 2022.
How Australia Almost Saved 125,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
On November 4, 2022, Jacob Steinberg presented the story of the remarkable attempt by an extraordinary individual who attempted to save 125,000 European Jews during the Holocaust by settling them in two of the most remote and uninhabitable parts of Australia. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation, Kulanu US, Beit Rayim Synagogue & School, Jewish Majorca, and Adath Israel Congregation.