Chabad of Thailand was founded in 1993 with the guidance and blessing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Its sole purpose is to “love every Jew, help every Jew, bring every Jew closer to his/her Jewishness” by providing spiritual, material and social support for all Jews regardless of their origin, affiliation or degree of observance. This creates an atmosphere of unity, which transcends all differences/levels of observance and guarantees Jewish continuity.
Chabad has maintained a presence in Thailand since May 1993, when Rabbi Yosef Kantor accepted an invitation by the Jewish Community of Thailand, to take up a permanent posting in the city. Today, Kantor is Thailand's Chief Rabbi.
The Rebbe taught his followers that no matter what remote part of the world a Jew finds himself, he should be able to visit a welcoming haven to meet, socialize and pray with his fellow Jews. To that end, Chabad operates a vast and growing global network of outreach centers, which number in the thousands and can be found from Colombia to Kazakhstan, from Alaska to Timbuktu. Thailand and Bangkok are no exception. Chabad of Thailand is overseeing an ever-expanding range of Jewish activities in Bangkok and across Thailand.
With G-d’s infinite blessings and the generous support and involvement of concerned Jews, Chabad of Thailand has grown rapidly during the years since its founding. We have initiated educational and social programs that cater to both the local Jewish community and to the significant population of visitors, both on business and on leisure.
Currently, nine Chabad rabbis and several rabbinical students on internships are on hand to assist both residents and transients in all their Jewish needs and wants. Besides answering to the social and spiritual requirements of a small but vibrant local Jewish community, Chabad of Thailand provides visiting Jews with a home away from home and with sanctuaries of authentic Jewish spirituality.
Our Summer camp, Day school and Hebrew school programs are warmly received by the local Jewish community as being critical to the development and strengthening of Jewish faith and pride amongst our youth.
Chabad’s staff of Rabbi’s provides Rabbinic leadership, kosher food and other religious requirements to the local Jewish community, as well as the visiting Jews.
More than one hundred thousand Israeli citizens pass through Thailand each year as well as thousands of Jews of other nationalities. While traveling, these Jews are receptive to exploring their roots. It was for this reason that Chabad of Thailand established special Centers in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Phuket that provide a “home away from home” for these “backpackers”. The Shluchim welcome these travelers offering them assistance, guidance, a listening ear and are skilled at providing a powerful and memorable Jewish experience.
Shabbat and Holiday programs are attended by many hundreds weekly. The Kosher Restaurants that are maintained on site are priced to be affordable even for a budget traveler. They are a popular venue for Jews of all backgrounds. Public Pessach Sedarim are held for thousands of Jews. Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur are celebrated with thousands attending the prayer services and festive meals.
Chabad of Thailand has found the formula to develop a rapport with thousands of Jews from a myriad of backgrounds, thus enhancing their outlook and assisting them on a path to appreciate their roots and identify with their Judaism and Jewish brethren in a spirit of love and caring with a new-found pride.
Chabad of Thailand relies on support from locals, travelers and concerned Jews the world over. All contributions to Chabad of Thailand are used exclusively to support and enhance these programs.
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Chabad of Thailand sincerely welcome all Jewish visitors to the kingdom, regardless of nationality or affiliation. Please feel free to contact and visit us. Click here for contact info