Seoul, South Korea — Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students who met with South Korea’s Jews this summer ended their journey last week with a kosher gathering for the entire Jewish community.
The three students were among hundreds dispatched to far-flung Jewish communities across the globe by Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. In South Korea, they found a scattered community with no rabbi or synagogue. The event represented an opportunity to both say goodbye and provide a rare opportunity for the community to enjoy kosher food.
Speaking at the event, Yigal B. Caspi, Israel’s ambassador to Seoul, thanked the rabbinical students for coming to serve the Jewish community and asked for more.
“It’s not my job to look for religious activities for the Israelis or any Jewish people here,” said Caspi, “but we need some Judaism here. We need Chabad. I have to ask of you, please do not forget about us.”
While they were there, the students visited families, affixed mezuzahs, distributed books and heard from many in the Jewish community about the issues that face them living in South Korea. They went at the behest of Rabbi Avi Weiss, the U.S. Army chaplain stationed in Seoul, who runs services that the majority of the civilian Jewish population in South Korea cannot attend for security reasons.