Now Available: Pepper Silk & Ivory - The Book

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Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
A US Air Force chaplain stationed in southern Japan in 1962, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer returned in 1968 and served until 1976 as the only English speaking, university-educated rabbi for the Jewish communities in the Far East. He coauthored (with Mary Swartz) The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews during World War II.

Dr. Ellen Rodman
A writer and television producer, Dr. Ellen Rodman is president of LN Productions LLC. The former New York Times family entertainment reviewer, she coauthored (with Richard Flaste) The New York Times Guide to Children's Entertainment.


After decades of promising to put some of his great stories about Jews in China, Japan, India, Burma (now Myanmar) and Singapore on paper, he and his coauthor and fellow traveler Dr. Ellen Rodman have written Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East. In this volume they tell the little known, captivating, colorful and compelling stories of Jews and Asians who improved the quality of life for each other.

From Two-Gun Cohen (a Jewish General in the Chinese Army) to the story behind Shell Oil; from the comedy of errors faced by the Jews of Kaifeng to the lucky Jews of Cochin; from Laura Margolis (champion of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai) to Emily Hahn (who introduced China to the West, all the while with her pet gibbon at her side) these amazing and unknown stories will open your eyes to the Far East, through Jewish eyes.

Jeffrey Lyons of The Lyons Den radio program said: "This is a fascinating, superbly researched book of footnote characters, incidents and events which deftly fills in wide gaps in history. Who knew?"

Whether you have taken one of the Pepper, Silk & Ivory tours or simply an intrepid armchair traveler, you will absolutely love this new book!

To order your personally autographed copy, please mail a check for $29.95, which includes postage and handling, to FRJC (Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities), PO Box 1355, Manhasset, NY 11030. Books are in stock for immediate shipment.

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