The history of the Jews in Cambodia is based on very small numbers of Jews working or settling in modern-day Cambodia, as well as many Jewish tourists who pass through.

Facts and figures

There is a Chabad house run by a rabbi in the city of Phnom Penh.[1]

An American Jewish attorney, law professor, prosecutor and criminologist Phil Weiner was knighted by the Cambodian government for his training of Cambodian law enforcement officers. He received the Royal Order of Sahametrei.[2][3]

Elior Koroghli, a granddaughter of a Cambodian princess who had converted from Theravada Buddhism to Orthodox Judaism and great-granddaughter of King Monivong, who ruled Cambodia until 1941, celebrated her Bat Mitzva in Cambodia.[4][5]

Cambodian women have become a source for the human hair for wigs, known as sheitels worn by very religious Orthodox Jewish women. This has become a lucrative export for Cambodia.[6][7]

A Jewish philanthropy in America, Jewish Helping Hands, helps support an orphanage in Phum Thom and Phnom Penh.[8]

Cambodia–Israel relations

Main article: Cambodia–Israel relations

Cambodia and Israel established diplomatic ties in 1960. In 1972, Cambodia opened its embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.[9] However, Israel cut its ties with Cambodia in 1975 due to the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime. Ties were restored in 1993.[10]


  1. ^ Maza, Cristina. "Bringing Judaism to the Kingdom". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ Masis, Julie (12 September 2019). "Jewish attorney knighted in Cambodia: Phil Weiner honored for training the local police force". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  3. ^ Masis, Julie (28 July 2019). "Jewish law experts help Cambodian genocide victims find justice at tribunal". Times of Israel. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  4. ^ Dolsten, Josefin (15 January 2020). "Granddaughter of a Cambodian princess celebrates her bat mitzvah". Times of Israel. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  5. ^ Edmunds, Donna Rachel. "Cambodian royal family celebrates first bat mitzvah". Jpost. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  6. ^ Masis, Julie. "Bigwigs: How Cambodia Became the 'Hair Apparent' for Observant Jewish Women". Haaretz. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  7. ^ Masis, Julie. "Jewish Wigmakers Look to Cambodia for Lustrous Sheitel Hair". The Forward. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  8. ^ Dunst, Charles. "Jews abroad support a Cambodian man's commitment to his fellow orphans". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  9. ^ Cambodia Has Opened Embassy in Jerusalem; Saigon Expected to Follow
  10. ^ Yeger, Moshe (2004). "The Long Journey To Asia - A Chapter In The Israeli Diplomacy". Israel: University of Haifa. p. 215.