While the permanent Jewish community in Nepal is very
small, Chabad emissaries and Jewish diplomatic officials live and work
in the country. Nepal established diplomatic relations with Israel in
The “Seder on Top of the World” is one
of the largest known Passover Seders in the world, held annually in Kathmandu, Nepal. This tradition
began in the mid 1990s amongst Jewish travelers. Lubavitch rabbis are dispatched every
year to the main Chabad house in Kathmandu, Nepal to prepare for the
arrival of thousands of Jewish backpackers. They bring with them hundreds
of pounds of kosher matzah,
food and Haggadahs (Seder prayer book) to provide for an army of Jews.
Jews arrive from all over the world; including Israel, America, Australia,
and Europe to trek up the Himalayas for Passover. Many of the Jews that
come for the Passover Seder are not Orthodox,
but are in search of a unique religious experience. The Seder is held
in an enormous army tent pitched in front of the Israeli embassy. In
2006, nearly 1,500 Israelis celebrated Passover in Kathmandu, ignoring
travel warnings concerning political turbulence in the region. In 2007,
Rabbi Yechezkel Lifshitz announced the opening of a second Chabad house
in the city of Pokhara, designed to be a source of Jewish life and traditions
for travelers in that region of Nepal.
In mid-2012, Israeli medical students donated a collection
of books from the Medical School for International Health (Soroka University
Medical Center), Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba. The
books were delivered from Israel to Dr. Rajesh Gangol, Deal of the Patan
Academy for the Health Sciences at the Patan Hospital in Nepal. There
has been continuing cooperation and knowledge exchange between professional
staff in Israel and Nepal in recent years.
Chabad House of Kathmandu
P.O. Box 1844 Thamel
Mrs. Chani Lifshitz
Rabbi Yechezkel Lifshitz
Chabad house in the city of Pokhara
Opposite Tropikana Hotel Lake Side
Rabbi Yechezkel Lifshitz, Remote Director
Seder in the World”
1,500 Israelis take part in Seder,” YNet News
medical students donate books to Patan Academy for the Health Science,"
Nepal News, July 6, 2012.