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Chabad House: Judaism Makes Its Mark in Beijing (3)

CRI Online)  11:12, October 29, 2012

A stained glass window at Beijing's Chabad House. ( Wang)

The first floor of the building is largely occupied by the kosher restaurant Dini's. The decor leans towards the elegant (if a touch austere) side of things while the menu which embraces both traditional and Chinese fare has received mixed reviews. Kosher meats must have been slaughtered properly according to religious rituals, and only certain kinds of meats, birds or fish are considered kosher. Just adjacent is the restaurant providing kosher foods and beverages, including traditional foods such as matzos.

For those who are not of the Jewish faith, the Chabad House remains open to all. Much of the staff isn't Jewish, and all seem to be quite friendly and open there. Visitors who remain wary about the question of faith can just prioritize a cup of coffee, and a fresh-baked bun.

Getting to Chabad House:

Chabad House is located on Fang Yuan Xi Lu, just to the northeast of the 4th Ring Road, next to Si De Park's south gate.
From Dongzhimen bus station, take bus #416 and get off at Xiaojunmiao.
Hours: 8am to 10pm daily.

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