Chabad of Central Africa will be sending full-time, permanent representatives to Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria under the auspices of Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Chabad’s representative to the region.
The rabbis will work in cooperation with the local Jewish community of these respective cities in conjunction with Chabad Headquarters in New York.
Despite an attack earlier this week at a military base and at the presidential residence, dozens flew in to participate at the event. Hundreds of guests, among them numerous government officials, foreign ambassadors and prominent businessmen attended. Rabbinic colleagues of Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila traveled from numerous countries to participate.The announcement was made by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos, at a gala event marking 20 years of Chabad in Central Africa Tuesday evening at the Grand Hotel in Kinshasa, Congo. The announcement was greeted with thunderous applause.
President Joseph Kabila called Rabbi Bentolila at the event to congratulate him and offer his greetings. "He expressed gratitude for the confidence that Chabad and the Jewish community have in his country," Rabbi Bentolila told Lubavitch.com.
“The streets of Kinshasa are calm. This is a beautiful country, and we feel very safe here,” said Yaacov Behrman, reporting from the event for Lubavitch.com.
To date, Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila hosts Chabad educational and social service programs in 14 countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.