Cambodian royal family celebrates first bat mitzvah

Elior Koroghli is the great-granddaughter of MH King Monivong, who ruled Cambodia until 1941.

The royal family of Cambodia has celebrated its first ever Jewish milestone – the bat mitzvah of Elior Koroghli, great-granddaughter of King Sisowath Monivong, who ruled Cambodia from 1927 until his death in 1941 when it was part of the French colonial protectorate of Indochina.

Elior, who lives with her family in Las Vegas, celebrated her actual bat mitzvah when she turned 12 on the fifth night of Hanukkah a year ago, but the family opted to have a follow-up celebration at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, because her mother, Suzie (Sarah Bracha), wanted her daughter to know about her royal roots, has reported.

The celebration, which took place this Hanukkah closer to Elior’s 13th birthday, was the first time many of the Cambodian royals had tasted kosher food, catered by Chabad of Cambodia. Following the bat mitzvah party, of which the highlight was the kindling of a large hanukkiah and the speeches emphasizing the beauty and depth of Judaism, the family formally met with Cambodia’s current ruler, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath.

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