SOUTH KOREA - THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Jewish Community of the Republic of Korea
Lay leader: Larry Rosenberg, (82) (2)-793-3728, fax: (82 (2)-796-3808,
GPO Box 7595
Tel. 82 2 544 0834, Fax. 82 2 796 3808.
http://www.amyisrael.co.il/asia/skorea/index.htm [January 2001]
"The first significant Jewish presence on the Korean peninsula appeared at the time of the Korean War (1950-53). Hundreds of Jewish American GIs were members of the armed forces which supported the anti-Communist government in resisting the invasion from the North. The Jewish community of South Korea is essentially a transient group concentrated in Seoul. Many of the Jews are soldiers and officers who serve in the American force which is permanently stationed in South Korea. There is also a handful of Jews who have come to live and work in South Korea as business people or teachers. On shabbat and holidays, religious services are led by a US Army chaplain at Yongsan Army Base in Seoul. " SOURCE: Click on South Korea at http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/comm_asia.html [August 2005]