The Kaifeng Jews are apart of a small Jewish community in Kaifeng, in the Henan province of China. About 1,000 people make up the Jewish community in Kaifeng.
Deng Xiaoping was the leader of the People’s Republic of China until 1989. Under his leadership, the Kaifeng Jews were able to rebuild a small synagogue and practice their religion freely. The Jewish community in Kaifeng felt alive again.
In 2013, Xi Jinping became the president of China. Under his leadership, cooperation with foreign religious institutions became strictly forbidden.