Rabbi Binyomin Edery, Chief Rabbi of Japan, established Chabad Kyoto last Chanukah, 2015. This summer, August 2016 a permanent place was found. It is a spacious and beautiful house with many guest rooms and a 200 meter garden where Rabbi Edery planted Hadasim and Aravot and many herbs.
In its first month, over three hundred visitors have visited the new Chabad Kyoto, enjoyed the kosher food and Jewish atmosphere. There are many local Jews who live there and in the surrounding cities and tourists from all over the world who come in large quantities throughout the year. The new Chabad Kyoto provides a much needed service of catering fresh kosher food for visiting groups and individuals who come to Kyoto.
The demand for a Chabad House in Kyoto was apparent for many years, as the Edery’s received countless correspondences during their seventeen years in Japan about the need for a shul in Kyoto. Finally, with Hashem’s help, the miracle happened and after many months of searching an ideal place was found.
The Bar Mitzvah celebration of Tayo Livermore from Gifu, Japan was the opening Shabbat to the new shul. Many guests from all over west Japan joined the double celebration, the Bar Mitzvah and the new Chabad Kyoto.
Over one hundred guests have already registered for Rosh Hashana. This is the first time in history that there is shul in Kyoto and a minyan on Rosh Hashana. Chabad of Kyoto’s new website provides useful information for visitors and locals www.chabadkyoto.com, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Edery’s came to Japan, Chanuka 1999, they received an amazing answer in the Igrot Kodesh, in volume 23, ‘’in these days of Chanuka, since you are going to a place where darkness covers the land, you will succeed to spread the wellsprings of Chasidus till the farthest most corners.’’ We see how the prophecy and bracha of the Rebbe have been fulfilled by the establishment of the new Chabad Kyoto and the pace of its growth and development. The well springs of Chassidut have reached the very heart and core of Japan preparing it for Moshiach.