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A delegation of prestigious rabbonim boarded a private jet to Toronto on Monday, with goals of raising funds to provide the many French Jews who have immigrated to Israel in recent years with the opportunity to receive a proper education within the Charedi school system.
Hagaon HaRav Dovid Feinstein, the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg [Hagaon HaRav Zalman Leib Tietlebaum], Hagaon HaRav Malkiel Kotler and Hagaon HaRav Aharon Feldman will be visiting several well known Canadian philanthropists in a joint effort to raise money so that Charedi schools in Israel will be able to absorb the influx of young immigrants who have flocked to Israel to escape the continuously escalating terror attacks in France.
The trip is part of a larger effort coordinated by the Kalever Rebbe, who has been working closely with France’s Jewish community for years, in conjunction with the Skulener Rebbe.
An estimated $3 million will be raised for a special fund to bolster the Israeli schools, including Chinuch Atzmai institutions, in order to make sure that the newcomers stay within the Charedi school system and will also finance after school programming and private tutoring as needed.
The diversity of the delegation underscores the importance of unity and communal responsibility, with leadership from all facets of the Jewish world joining together to create a financial base so that French immigrants will receive a sound religious education in their new homeland.
The Satmar community is also continuing its efforts to help the remaining members of France’s dwindling Jewish community, working aggressively to ensure that they have food, clothing and other staple items for as long as they remain in France.
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