Join Live: A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the new Chabad center of Bangkok, Thailand, will be broadcast around the globe.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the new Chabad center of Bangkok, Thailand, will be broadcast around the globe.
Chabad of Thailand opened its first center in 1994. Six years later, in September 2001, Chabad House relocated to a five-story Ohr Menachem building that housed an 800 people-capacity community hall, a 150 people-capacity synagogue, as well as a kosher restaurant. Right before Pesach 2022, the Chabad House moved into its permanent location a few blocks away.
The location of the new Chabad House 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 the Chabad House — 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.
The celebration on Tuesday morning will mark the inauguration of the new center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a festive dinner, heralding a new stage of spreading Yiddishkeit in Thailand, and the entire region.
LIVE: 5:00 AM ET