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The Rebbe and Israel's Prime Ministers

Friday, 10 August, 2012 - 12:06 am

Last Sunday, Malkie and I had the pleasure of visiting our son Sholom at Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY, where he is spending his first summer at an overnight camp. I want to take this opportunity to thank the JEF and the Goldring Foundation for their role in helping New Orleans Jewish kids go to camp. Years ago the Lubavitcher Rebbe lauded the value of the overnight camp experience for Jewish children – due to the notion of a 24/7 immersion in a Jewish environment and the impact that has on a child. Although our children are being raised in a strong Jewish environment in our home, we still noticed and appreciate how special this month in camp is for our children.

This coming Sunday Project Talmud Summer 2012 kicks off with a Beit Midrash program at Chabad uptown from 9-11 AM. I would like to highlight the Sunday night program – a premier viewing of the newly released film Faithful and Fortified Vol. III. This is the third in the series that documents the unique relationship the Rebbe had with Israel’s political, military and intelligence leaders over the years. This third film highlights the Rebbe’s interactions with Israel’s Prime Ministers with a focus on Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu. In addition to actual footage of their visits and first person interviews with the Prime Ministers themselves, the story is also being told by their aides, especially Yehuda Avner, an advisor and confidante to four Israeli Prime Ministers.

A buffet dinner will be served and the large screen viewing will begin at Chabad uptown at 8 PM. Anyone with an interest in Israel and her defense will find this to be a fascinating watch. The event is free and open to the public. For a full Project Talmud schedule, see below.

Mazel Tov to Andrea and Kevin Merlin upon the birth of their daughter Adina Shoshana.

The worldwide Chabad community mourns the passing of Mr. Sami Rohr, patriarch of the Rohr family, who have been at the philanthropic forefront of Chabad’s global activities, including the Rohr Family Chabad Student Center at Tulane University. Our heartfelt condolences to his son, George Rohr and the rest of the family. His legacy of commitment to Jewish continuity lives on.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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