no jew left behind: cambodia


There are only about 100 Jews living in Cambodia, and the majority of them live in Phnom Penh. For the Butman family, it is both a personal and divine goal to provide these Jews a place to convene to eat, pray, discuss, study, sing, and celebrate according to Jewish law and tradition. Hence their motto, “No Jew Left Behind.” The Chabad Lubavitch is the largest Jewish organization in the world, and adheres to Orthodox Jewish practices. The Chabad Shluchim are Chabad Rabbis and their families, sent out across all corners of the world to offer services to Jews. Rabbi Bentzion Butman, his wife Mashie, and their five children represent the Chabad Shluchim in Cambodia. In many cities (including Phnom Penh) they are the only organized form of Jewish religion available to practicing Jews. Here are is a glimpse into their life, which constantly encompasses both tradition and innovation.