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An Unexpected Lesson From a Prime Minister’s Son
Asia
Avner Netanyahu prays in Shanghai, to the awe of many
In an India of Extremes, More Commonality Than Differences
Asia
Couple to jump-start Jewish learning in Mumbai community.
Tokyo Jewish Community Celebrates New Mikvah
Asia
Jewish ritual bath called a “miracle” at dedication ceremony.
Body of Missing American Surfer Found
Asia
Five days after disappearing beneath the waves off the coast of western Indonesia, a fisherman found the body of missing American surfer Daniel Bobis.
Hundreds Pray for Missing American Surfer’s Return
Asia
Two days after American surfer Daniel Bobis vanished beneath the waves off western Indonesia, his family is urging people to pray for the 32-year-old’s safe return.
Mumbai Explosions Appear Linked to 2008 Attacks
Asia
Three deadly explosions rocked different locations in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai Wednesday evening, and although they were apparently linked to the 2008 attacks against tourist targets and the city’s Chabad-Lubavitch center, staff at the Chabad House indicated they were okay.
Grueling Work Precedes Himalayan Passover Feasts
Asia
Nestled in the mountains at the foot of the Himalayas, the small city of Manali is a crucial waypoint for those traveling through India’s northern region.
$50K Synagogue Renovation Reclaimed by Rising Thai Floodwaters
Asia
Heavy downpours and flooding has once again plagued the tropical resort of Koh Samui, Thailand, forcing the cancellation of all flights at the island’s international airport.
Asia’s Jewish Transformation Celebrated at 25th Anniversary Dinner
Asia
Dinner used to mean hotel rooms and canned meals for Benjamin Fishoff.
Community Renovates Mumbai Ritual Bath in Advance of Attacks’ Anniversary
Asia
Days before the second anniversary of the Mumbai, India, terror attacks, the financial capital’s local Jewish community is placing the final touches on a restored ritual bath built by the murdered directors of the city’s Chabad House, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg.
Thailand Flooding Destroys Koh Samui Jewish Center
Asia
A week after torrential rains flooded much of the tropical paradise in Koh Samui, Thailand, claiming dozens of lives in the countryside and causing extensive damage to the local Chabad House and attached kosher restaurant, preliminary assessments indicate that travelling Jewish backpackers have safely left the area.
Explosion Interrupts Kyrgyzstan High Holiday Festivities
Asia
Ongoing interethnic violence in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan hit the nation’s small Jewish community over the New Year’s holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
Worst Earthquake in Decades Leaves New Zealanders Shaken but Alive
Asia
Residents and leaders expressed amazement that a Saturday morning temblor that toppled historic buildings and destroyed some 20 percent of homes hadn’t resulted in loss of life.
With Visa in Hand, New Couple to Direct Mumbai Chabad House
Asia
Rabbi Chanoch and Leiky Gechtman, an Israeli couple with connections to the Jewish community of Mumbai, India, will soon be heading to the South Asian business capital as its first permanent Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries since the terrorist attacks of November 2008.
Jewish Institutions Emerge Untouched After Bangkok Violence
Asia
Unlike many other neighborhoods near the central business district – where military and police forces used live rounds to respond to wholesale arson and rioting – “there was nothing at all in the immediate areas of the three Bangkok synagogues.”
Asian Jewish Celebrations Continue Despite Local Unrest
Asia
Popular unrest in two Asian nations put a damper on Jewish holiday celebrations Saturday night and Sunday, forcing the near-cancellation of children’s parade in Kathmandu, Nepal, and leaving synagogues eerily quiet of tourists in Bangkok, Thailand.
Shanghai Jewish Community Ready to Welcome the World
Asia
Last-minute World Expo preparations across Shanghai have taken on a feverous pace, including for its 1,500-strong Jewish community, which expects tens of thousands of people to need its services over the coming months.
Foreigners Told to Avoid Thailand Government Compound
Asia
With violent anti-government protests flaring just two blocks away from the most active Jewish community center in Thailand, officials Saturday night were advising locals, visiting professionals and tourists to stay away from the government compound in Bangkok.
British Royal Tours Damaged Mumbai Chabad House
Asia
Prince Michael of Kent, a cousin of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, toured the heavily damaged site of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, India, in a gesture of solidarity and in support of the rebuilding effort following the Nov. 26, 2008 terrorist attacks.
Apparent Accident at Thai Resort Claims Life of Visiting Israeli
Asia
An Israeli backpacker who was visiting the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, with friends passed away Sunday morning after being electrocuted in a resort pool.
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