• Two Israelis Sentenced to Death in Thailand

    Two Israelis convicted of drug trafficking were sentenced to death by a court in Thailand. The men were caught with 23,000 Ecstasy pills a year ago during a drug bust coordinated with U.S. police in an area in Thailand popular with Israeli tourists. The drugs were destined for the United States and Italy, Thai police… More ▸

  • Israelis Seek Shelter with Chabad As Military Takes Power in Thailand

    As more than a dozen tanks were encircling Thailand’s Parliament building in a military coup d’etat, hundreds of Israeli backpackers were seeking shelter in the local Chabad House a mile or so away. The four-story establishment on Khao San Road, Bangkok’s famous backpacker district popular with young Israelis, generally pulls down its shutters after 10… More ▸

  • For American Jew in Thailand, Work Means Eating, Drinking and Partying

    You’re on a visit to Bangkok and already have seen the obligatory sights. You’ve marveled at the glittering spires and splendid temples of the Grand Palace; you’ve watched young dancers in conical golden tiaras perform an exquisite traditional ballet. You’ve even braved a bumpy ride through notoriously congested traffic in the back of a motorized… More ▸

  • Israeli Thai Boxers Gain Respect of Adversaries at Worldwide Match

    The night before the opening day of fights, the three Israelis slip into their silver-colored tracksuits, which shimmer with a dim metallic sheen under neon-lighted Chinese ideograms. As they jog through Bangkok’s Chinatown, the Israelis look like waylaid Star Trek astronauts. Diners slurping bird-nest and shark-fin soups at curbside eateries watch them bemusedly. For weeks,… More ▸

  • Group’s Efforts to Help Thai Villagers Rebuild Lives After Tsunami Bear Fruit

    For Sukanya Waharak, a Thai villager in an area devastated by last December’s tsunami, a scholarship provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee helps send her children to school. “My husband does not work because of mental illness, so I have to take care of our two kids. I sell food, but things are… More ▸

  • Saving the Primates, Tying the Knot: Israeli Woman Volunteers in Thailand

    “To see the gibbons meandering on their own, free in the forest, is the best part,” Noga Ruschin says as she kneels in the rain-forest jungle on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand. At the moment, the Israeli woman is just above the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center where she volunteers, waiting to watch a family… More ▸

  • In Destroyed Thai Village, Israeli Gives Back to a Country He Loves

    Meuang Mai, a small fishing village on the island of Kho Khao in southern Thailand, is a lucky village. Its 16 houses and all of its fishing boats were obliterated in the Dec. 26 tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia, but no one from the village was killed, and no one was even hurt: Fishermen saw… More ▸