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Shortly after landing in Israel on their first official visit to the Middle East, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his delegation got down to business. Charity was the first item on their agenda. At a reception at the David Citadel Hotel, the delegation and communal leaders learned about the impressive work done by Colel Chabad, the oldest charity in Israel. Colel Chabad has in fact been taking care of poor people in Israel since the year 1788.
Rabbi Zalman Duchman of the Colel Chabad spoke about how impressed he was at the kindness being shown by Colel Chabad to the impoverished people of Israel. Colel Chabad’s main aim is to provide charitable and philanthropic services. In fact, it is much more concerned about doing charity than it is in economic development.
Rabbi Chaim Mendelsohn, Director of the public affairs for the Canadian Federation of Chabad-Lubavitch, was the emcee for the event. The Canadian group was certainly very impressed by Mark Adler, the event’s co-host. Meanwhile, Rabbi Zalman A. Grossbaum, Director of the Chabad-Luvatich Community Center in Thornhill led the group in saying the Psalms.
The high point of the event was a wonderful performance by fourteen year old child star Daniel Pruzansky. The young man is being raised by his mother who is Russian by birth. He regaled the group with his wonderful rendition of English and Yiddish classics. Colel Chabad has done much to help this young man educate himself and they have also arranged to make him a celebrity in not just Israel but also in foreign countries.
According to Rabbi Zalman Duchman, Colel Chabad, which is one among hundreds of other Chabad organizations, is honored that the Canadian group had chosen to visit it and not any of the other charitable organizations operating in Israel.