Chabad Tokyo Japan was established 17 years ago.
In Japan, there are around 3,000 Jews. There are about 10,000 Jews, who come for business annually.
Chabad House of Japan is a non-profit organization. Every Chabad House fund raises for its own community. It is the spiritual lighthouse of the area.
Around 10 years ago, we opened a kosher restaurant in central Tokyo. It is opened daily, and provides gourmet kosher food for anyone interested.
We bring a Shochet from the US who slaughters kosher chickens in Japan for the Chabad House and the whole Jewish community. This is the first time that large scale, kosher slaughtering was ever done in Japan.
We have weekly Torah classes for men and women. A monthly women’s Kumzitz is held at the Chabad House. Many Torah lessons are given over the phone daily, to Jews all around Japan.
Every Shabbat, we have services and a festive Shabbat meal that follows. Many participate, as it reminds them of their roots, and brings them a sweet taste of Judaism.
We have a monthly children’s program, called Tokyo Jewish Birthday Club. It is geared to teach the children, about the Jewish Holidays in every month in a fun, hands-on, creative way.
There has been a great spiritual revolution, since we arrived in Japan. Many have come close to the Torah and keep mitzvoth.
Our biggest challenge is a kosher women’s mikveh.
As of today, there are women who use the ocean as a mikveh. Needless to say the extreme difficulties involved in this.
We would like to ask anyone who can, to help us to build this mikveh by donating money. We are sure that G-d will repay in abundance, measure for measure. There will be a plaque on the wall right near the entrance to the Mikveh, with the names of all the donors.
Please take a part in this important and urgent cause.
Below is an excerpt of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach, regarding the importance of building a mikveh.
” … regarding the noise in regard to family purity (mikveh), one should think, that it is as if G-d gave him the opportunity to save a whole city from destruction (death), G-d forbid.
Surely he would sacrifice his life for this, and he would praise G-d that gave him the merit to do this great kindness. Even more so, the noise (regarding building of the mikveh), is literally saving lives.”
We will ask a blessing from the Lubavitcher Rebbe Shlita, for all the contributors.
Our fervent prayers that G-d fulfils all your heart’s desires for the good. May we merit the complete redemption, with the coming of Moshiach now.
Account name: Mikveh Chabad House of Japan
Bank name: Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (SMBC)
Account # 1099590
Swift code: SMBCJPJT
Rabbi Binyomin Y. Edery
Long live our master our teacher, our Rebbe, King Moshiach forever!