Csaba Krösi, the 77th president of the UN General Assembly, met with Chabad Leadership representatives on Monday at the Jewish Learning Institute’s offices.
Setting the tone and highlighting the shared goal of promoting world peace and putting an end to hostilities, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Director of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries and Vice-Chairman of Merkos L’lnyonei Chinuch, opened the meeting.
He talked about the Rebbe’s vision, which serves as the inspiration for Chabad’s Shluchim, or world ambassadors of compassion and goodwill.
Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, President of Chabad’s international CTeen, Rabbi Efraim Mintz, Executive Director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), Mrs. Chani Goldberg of “Chabad on Call,” Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, Public Relations Liaison for Chabad, Rabbi Avi Winner, Executive Director of Merkos 302, and Rabbis Dubi Rabinowitz and Yosef Vogel, both from the Jewish Learning Institute, were also present.
Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Director of Chabad in Central Africa; Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, Chairman of the Alliance of Rabbis in the Islamic States; and Rabbi Shlomo Köves, Chief Rabbi of the EMIH organization, also took part in the discussion via Zoom.
President Krösi spoke with the Hungarian Rabbi Shlomo Koves in their respective languages, and the President praised Rabbi Koves, referring to him as one of the most notable and well-known personalities in Hungary.
Rabbi Chitrik spoke on the positive relationships between Jewish communities in Muslim nations, while Rabbi Bentolila informed President Krösi about Chabad’s humanitarian efforts in Africa.
The group also talked about Chabad’s initiatives to assist Ukrainian refugees.
President Krösi made the amusing observation that Chabad’s work was strikingly reminiscent of a speech he just gave at the UN about the UN’s job. President Krösi visited 770 and took a tour of the WLCC broadcast room after the stimulating discussion.
He was accompanied by his senior advisor, Mrs. Sarah Goldie Weiss Maudi, who is the daughter of the Rebbe’s cardiologist, Dr. Ira Weiss.