Three sizeable synagogues are in operation across the city, catering to the daily spiritual needs of local and visiting Jews alike. Prayer services take place regularly at the various locations; Beth Elisheva in the Sukhumvit Road area, Even Chen in the Silom Road area, and the Chabad House in the Kaosarn Road area. The kosher restaurant located on the backpacker center of Khao San Road offers a broad range of delectable fares; and kosher foodstuffs produced locally and imported from Israel and the United States are also available.
BETH ELISHEVA SYNAGOGUE, MIKVEH & JEWISH CENTER
Located in the financial, shopping and entertainment hub of Bangkok, Beth Elisheva is the city's oldest existent synagogue. Overseen by the Jewish Association of Thailand, it functions as the spiritual and social nucleus of Bangkok's Jewish community of businessmen, financial advisors and expatriate entrepreneurs making the Thai capital their home.
High holidays draw hundreds of worshippers. In addition, weekly Shabbat dinners at the residence of Rabbi Yosef Kantor have become popular venues for city residents to meet up in a friendly and welcoming environment. Holidaymakers and Jewish professionals on business in the city also often drop by.
Yosef and Nechama Kantor cordially welcome Jewish visitors to their home for Shabbat dinners, while lunches are served in the synagogue's social hall.
Shabbat dinners are preceded by a prayer service in the adjacent synagogue and follow the traditional candle lighting ceremony. Please be advised that an RSVP requirement generally applies for most Shabbat dinners.
Home of the Jewish Association of Thailand
121 Soi Sai Nam Thip 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22 | Tel:662 663 0244 Fax: 663 0245 | Map
Daily Shachrit • 7:00 AM followed by breakfast
Sunday Morning Shachrit • 8:30 AM followed by breakfast
Friday evenings at sundown (click for times) • Shabbat mornings at 10:00 AM
Shabbat dinner and lunch at Synagogue by advance email or phone reservation.
In your email, please mention Beth Elisheva, the number of reservations and the exact date(s).
Hotels withing easy walking distance of Beis Elisheva
Emporium Shopping Complex and its adjacent recreational park, which provides a welcome patch of greenery in Bangkok's asphalt jungle.
Skytrain Elevated Metro - speedy transportation to strategic business, shopping, and entertainment locations.
EVEN CHEN SYNAGOGUE
Chao Phya Office Tower 4th Floor (Attached to the Shangri-La Hotel) Soi Charoenkrung 42\1 New Rd (Silom Rd. area), Bangkok, Thailand | Tel: 6681 917 3754 | Map
* Closed during Passover.
Daily Minyan: 8:00 AM (Seasonal) • Friday Eves at sundown (click for times) • Shabbat morning at 9:00 AM
Shabbat meals at Synagogue by advance email
or phone reservation.
In your email, please mention Even Chen, the number of reservations and the exact date(s).
For details concerning the Shabbatot directly preceding and following the Chagim (Holidays) please contact us in advance as schedules sometimes vary.
Chabad of Thailand opened its first center on Khao San Rd. in 1994. Six years later, in September 2001, Chabad House relocated to its current location on 96 Ram Buttri Rd. (just behind Khao San). The five-story Ohr Menachem building houses an 800 people-capacity community hall, a 150 people-capacity synagogue, as well as a kosher restaurant.
Bangkok's Khao San Road, a miscellaneous cavalcade of Eastern and Western trends and fads, is a world-famous backpacker haunt. Originally a simple soi with low-priced guesthouses, cheap restaurants and curbside vendors' stalls, Khao San Rd. has spilled out into several neighboring streets, so the today it encompasses an ever-growing, largely self-contained neighborhood. The area has become decidedly upmarket in the process with several upscale hotels and eateries attracting a more discerning clientele beyond regular backpackers traveling on a shoestring.
Khao San Rd. is especially popular with young Israeli travelers, most of whom are just past their exacting army services and embarking on what many of them consider to be a must-do rite of passage: strenuous months-long tours around Southeast Asia and India. Tens of thousands of young Israelis pass through Thailand -- and Khao San Rd. -- each year on their way to and from travel destinations across the region.
Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, who has been supervising the center's operations for a decade, has become something of a legend with young Israeli travelers: backpackers often arrive in Thailand with his name and address ready in hand to seek the comforts of Chabad House's island of homey familiarity in a foreign ocean of oriental exotica.
Any day of the week hundreds of Israeli backpackers, in between their upcountry travels, visit Khao San's Chabad House to meet up with friends, exchange travel tips, take authentic Israeli meals, do their email, and call back home. Whereas many of them are on spiritual quests to immerse themselves in the mysteries of oriental philosophies and religious practices, they generally prove themselves more than receptive to Judaism. Ironically, many young Israelis, leading nonobservant lives at home, discover the depths of their ancestral faith in Bangkok.
Above all, Chabad on Khao San Rd. strives to repay the trust young Israeli travelers repose in us. The vagaries of lengthy travel off the beaten tourist path sometimes leave wayfarers in need of financial and other help. Chabad House operates a message board and phone service for young Jewish backpackers to notify friends and loved ones of their doings as well as to transfer or receive funds. Free internet service is available at the premises, and if need be Rabbi Wilhelm and his helpers will come to the aid of any Jewish tourist in need (as happened after the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, when Chabad of Thailand was among the very first aid agencies to offer assistance and relief to victims.)
Shabbat dinners are very popular with Israeli backpackers staying on Khao San Rd., with 150 and 200 of them turning up for candle lighting every week.
For a city with such a small permanent Jewish community we are blessed with a very fine kosher restaurant. The kosher restaurant located at the Chabad House is the only Kosher restaurant in Bangkok.
Managed by Yossi Goldberg, this restaurant boasts a menu containing the full range of kosher food – vegetarian, fish, chicken and meat. It is from this restaurant that all kosher food in Bangkok is catered. For a small additional fee, the restaurant will deliver food to your hotel.
Keeping with Chabad of Thailand's policy of providing kosher food in Thailand at the same price as equivalent non-kosher food, meals at the restaraunt are inexpensive. This enables travelers of all budgets to eat kosher food and avail themselves of the Chabad House's catering services. To participate in the defrayal of these costs, donate here.
Please refer to www.KosherThailand.com for more details regarding menus and kosher food and bakery items available.