Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ben Blatteis from Beijing!

If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.

Chinese Proverb - from China Leaders Magazine, David Harris January 2012

There continues to be unprecedented interest in China from western
businesses, universities, and entrepreneurs, and at Moishe House
Beijing we are at the epicenter of this exciting trend. The profiles
of individuals who are comfortable learning a new language, traveling
thousands of miles for personal development, and succeeding in a
completely foreign and, in some cases, uncomfortable environment share
some common features. Many of our participants in events from our
first month are:

1. Highly independent
2. Young and entrepreneurial
3. Transient population

As a result of the above, there is strong demand for a
comfortable and stable social structure for young professionals in

Young professionals who have established careers for themselves
in China tend to be highly entrepreneurial, hardworking, forward
thinking, and independent. Moishe House in Beijing has access to one
of the most interesting demographics in the world as the small
population of westerners established in China is at the forefront of
one of the world’s biggest growth stories of the century. As more and
more young westerners arrive in China, there is a growing void in many
of their lives as many have already prioritized their career and
future goals in China above all else.

Outreach to these individuals is crucial to regain the
work-life balance and to provide a much needed welcoming, stable,
Jewish home environment that is currently not being provided. Moishe
House Beijing seeks to welcome a key demographic of young professional
Jews and non-Jews alike to create engaging, memorable, and fun
experiences for the Beijing and Greater China twenty (to
thirty)-something community.

I am excited to work with my fellow directors of Moishe House
Beijing on the Speaker’s Series, Sunday bagel brunches, professional
classes, book clubs, wine & cheese nights, yoga, movie screenings,
parties and myriad of other programs and events in the heart of
Beijing’s Central Business District.

If you are ever in Beijing be sure to come by and say hello,
we'll keep the light on for you.

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