Taiwan is all set to inaugurate a stunning new structure in December dedicated specifically to its Jewish residents and tourists.
The stunning $16 Million Jeffrey D. Schwartz Jewish Community Center that is being built in Taiwan, will house a synagogue that can hold more than 100 people, a banquet hall for 300 people, and Taiwan’s first kosher restaurant.
The center is being funded, built, and operated by the Jeffrey D. Schwartz and NaTang Jewish Taiwan Cultural Association (JTCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the Jewish community in Taiwan and around the world.
The complex will also feature a mikvah, library, kindergarten, classrooms for adult-education programs, rooms for group and individual study, and a courtyard for outdoor events. Almost 500 objects of Judaic art from a private collection will also be on permanent display at the Jewish center.
Approximate of 700-800 Jews reside in Taiwan, and the center will encourage more Jewish tourism towards the country. As it stands, most Jewish residents live in Taipei, Taiwan’s largest city and the center of business and social life in Taiwan, with a small number spread throughout the island, living in central, southern, and eastern Taiwan.