Chabad House Thailand 311.
(photo credit: Chabad.org)
Think preparing Rosh Hashana dinner for your extended family is a headache? Try making food for 1,500 guests.
That’s the number of Israeli and Jewish backpackers Rabbi Menachem Goldschmid and his wife Sara Hinda Goldschmid, who run the Chabad House in Kosomoi, Thailand, are expecting to visit the beach resort’s Jewish center for Rosh Hashana dinner.
In order to be able to feed so many mouths, Chabad’s central kitchen in
Bangkok has made 9,200 matza balls, 3,200 honey cakes, and 7,400 halla
rolls for Chabad Houses around the country.
“Spirits are high as our centers fill up with throngs of young Jews
looking forward to celebrate the upcoming Rosh Hashana together with
friends at Chabad of Thailand,” Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, director of
Chabad-Lubavitch of Thailand, said Tuesday.
Elsewhere around the world, Chabad rabbis are preparing for Rosh Hashana feasts of similar proportions.
About 1,000 are expected to visit the Chabad House in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Chabad House in Katmandu, Nepal, is preparing for 500 people, and
in the former Incan capital of Cusco, Peru, the local Chabad emissary is
setting tables for 350 Jewish guests.
Rabbi Chanoch Gechtman, Chabad’s emissary in Mumbai, India, said he
would be hosting dozens of guests at the center which was attacked by
terrorists in 2008.
“In Mumbai, you cannot know how many people will come. Everyone is
welcome at the Chabad House,” he was quoted on Chabad’s Web site as
saying. “We want to share the warmth of the holiday with everyone.”
Meanwhile, Chabad launched a directory of free holiday services
providing readers with information on services in 479 cities in 42
countries in places like Phnom Penh in Cambodia; Bangkok, Thailand; the
Ivory Coast; Sierra Leone; Vietnam; and Ghana.