23 September 2019 - 23 Elul 5779 - כ"ג אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Grand opening ceremony of a mikveh in Seoul E-mail

As reported in April issue of Jewish Times Asia, local dignitaries, Jewish community members and others gathered on 31 March for the grand opening event at the Grand Hyatt Seoul of the first-ever mikveh (a bath for ritual immersion) to be completed in South Korea.

Among those who attended the event were US Ambassador South Korea Harry B. Harris and US Army Chaplain Rabbi Henry Soussan, who served as master of ceremonies. The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-Soon, sent a video greeting with former South Korea National Assembly member Jin Park, who was in attendance.

“We were overwhelmed by everyone’s reaction,” Rabbi Osher Litzman, who serves as co-director of Chabad of Korea with his wife Mussy, told Chabad.org. “Everyone found the mikveh design appealing. Each person had their own reason for liking the design, but all about the unique and welcoming experience they felt by entering the mikveh room.”

In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the mivkah, the dedication celebration included a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Seoul. Among the evening’s speakers was Israel’s Consul in South Korea Anat Evyatar, who expressed her happiness at having a mikveh in the capital city.

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