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Amazing Stories About Jews and the Far East

The Documentary

Uncover a missing and significant chapter in Jewish history,
and a story virtually unknown to the Western World


Did you know that it was a 22-year-old Jewish woman who wrote women's rights into the Japanese Constitution following World War 2? She was far ahead of her time!

Or that a grammar school dropout, later nick-named "Two-Gun Cohen", eventually became a General in the Chinese army?

To bring this fascinating and overlooked part of the Jewish experience to life, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, one of the world's foremost authorities on the little-known history of Jews in the Far East, and Ellen Rodman, Ph.D. wrote PEPPER, SILK & IVORY: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East.

The authors traveled the world to collect details of these amazing stories from personal interviews, official records, home videos and scrapbooks, and eyewitnesses. Many of the facts they relate have never before been published. PEPPER, SILK & IVORY spins eye-opening tales of beauty queens, feisty primates, sacred texts, even a Jewish kingdom... the unknown but fascinating Jewish history that took place in Asia over a period of 2000 years.

From "Japan’s Schindler" to "the Jewish James Bond" to a Jewish connection to the Taj Mahal, the compelling stories of Jews in Asia, including the role the Japanese played in saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, are fascinating parts of history never before witnessed by most Western audiences. 

There is a sense of urgency to make this documentary now as many of the individuals who are the living embodiment of this history are aging and we must not miss the opportunity to capture their stories while there is still the energy, drive and ability to tell it. 

The reviews of the book are outstanding; the documentary will be even more compelling.

We need your support to help preserve this history, this legacy, that will reach millions of viewers and will never be torn down or forgotten.

For more information
on how you can help,
contact us.


“These are delightful, informative, and altogether fascinating stories. Tokayer and Rodman have filled an important gap in Jewish history.”

 - Richard Zoglin, author and
Time Magazine theater critic


About Us


Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

One of the world's foremost authorities on the Jewish Experience in the Far East, Marvin Tokayer lived in Japan and was rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan before being appointed vice president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Southeast Asia and the Far East. For more than 36 years, he traveled… Read More

Dan Polin

Principal of Oscar-nominated Great Projects Film Company, Dan has produced more than two dozen programs for PBS national broadcast. His World War II-related documentaries include George Marshall and the American Century, Emmy-winner for Best Historical Program; and … Read More

Dr. Ellen Rodman

This veteran writer/producer is president of LN Productions LLC, a production and media consulting company based in New York. Rodman served as an executive at NBC and at Group W where she received the DuPont Columbia Award for “Whispering Hope,” the company’s programming and… Read More

Michael Kong

Former Vice President and co-founder of East-West Advertising, the Andy Award winning agency that produced campaigns and videos for Newport Jazz Festival, Felton Industries, Canon, Combibloc and others, Michael created Magic Carpet Video (MCV), "the travel magazine you watch" … Read More


For more information on how you can help
create a lasting legacy which won’t be forgotten
or torn down, please contact us. 


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