4 Synagogues in Thailand
Beth Elisheva Synagogue
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 worshipers. 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.
Beth Elisheva Synagogue, Mikveh & Jewish Center
Sukhumvit Soi 22
Even Chen Synagogue
Located in Novotel Si Lom
Ohr Menachem Chabad House
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.