Chabad emissaries visited Cambodia regularly since the summer of 2006 under the supervision of the regional director, Rabbi Yosef C. Kantor of Chabad Thailand.
We, the Butman family's first trip to Cambodia was to run the Passover seder 2009. The unexpected overwhelming number of 70 participants at the Seder, as well as the incredible thirst that the permanent Jewish residents showed to us, have made us commit to the life mission on summer 2009.
We arrived here with a one way ticket to permanently open the center on the 5th of Kislev 5770, Nov. 24th, 2009.
No more than 3 days after arrival we found a large home centrally located on St. 228. The home was previously leased by the US embassy who equipped the place with heavy security standards. This location was also used as our residence for the first two years after which the community grew and the need of expansion had pushed us to move out.
2 years after our arrival we celebrated the completion of a new Torah scroll dedicated to Chabad Cambodia. Click here for article and photos.