Chabad: Katmandu seder is still on, despite FM strike

The popular Passover seder held annually in Katmandu will go on this year despite a strike by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the head of the Chabad center there said.

Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, the Chabad emissary to Nepal, told the website that news reports to the contrary, seders will take place in Katmandu and throughout Nepal.

The Passover seder in Katmandu has become a tradition among Israeli backpackers who visit the country, drawing some 1,500 participants each year, according to There is also a smaller English-language seder for European and American visitors.

Due to the Foreign Ministry strike, however, Chabad is not able to receive the large shipment of supplies, including matzah, wine and other kosher foods now being held in an Indian port, since the ministry handles the receiving and delivering of the containers.

“We are currently working through many options,” Lifshitz told from Nepal on March 25. “We are looking into baking matzah here or maybe sending supplies with a lot of people. I’m sure the seder will take place.”

The general strike called March 23 by employees of the Foreign Ministry has shut down Israel’s 103 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world. — jta