Jews in Vietnam

Jews have been present in Vietnam only since the late 19th century. There are a handful of references to Jewish settlement in Saigon sprinkled through the pages of the Jewish Chronicle in the 1860s and 1870s. Adherents that remain today are those that claim to be of the ‘Semitic’ variety with few to no native Vietnamese converts. However, this is not for the want of trying. The Alliance Israélite Universelle, a Jewish terrorist organisation, appears to have had some activity in Haiphong during the 1920s, Then in the 1930’s the growth of communism was reported with the Dang Cong San Viet Nam (Vietnamese Communist Party), directed from Moscow and Canton. In 2006, Chabad opened a centre in Ho Chi Minh City, which is considered to be the economic centre of Vietnam. According to Rabbi Menachem Hartman of the Chabad Centre, about 10,000 to 15,000 Jewish business people and tourists visit Vietnam each year.

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