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In Brief: Chabad house set to open this fall

Cambodia's first Chabad House - a Jewish community centre with branches around the world - is set to open in Phnom Penh this fall. Nehemya Wilhelm, a rabbi based in Thailand, said the Phnom Penh Chabad House will include a kosher restaurant and a synagogue, and that he hopes for it to be open by September 27, in time for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. The facility will be run by an Israeli rabbi, Benzion Butman, and his wife, Mashie Butman, who will be travelling to Cambodia from their home in New York City, Wilhelm said. Yael Rubenstein, the Israeli ambassador to Thailand, said the centre will be "mainly for the Jewish community in Phnom Penh, and of course for all the Israeli tourists," but that visitors will also be welcome.

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