By COL reporter in Brazil
Jewish tycoon Elie Horn met a group of Chabad Shluchim in Brazil, expressing noticeable interest in their activities with youth and Jewish students.
The Monday meeting was organized by the Nehor Menachem fund, headed by Rabbi David Weitman, that helps Chabad Houses and activities in far fling communities in Brazil.
Horn, 62, is positioned 574 in the Forbes’ list of Richest People in the World for 2008. He earned his fortune, estimated 2.1 billion dollars, from real estate deals in Sau Paolo and Rio De Janeiro.
His meeting with 25 Chabad rabbis was described “very warm.”
A report of local Lubavitch activities and services was presented to him, before screening a short film about outreach work with students and Israeli backpackers in South America.
Horn is know for giving some 20% of his earnings to charity – including Chabad, but keeps a very low-profile. One of the causes close to his heart is the fight against assimilation.
One of the attended told COL: “It was decided to launch a new national project of Torah classes and seminars.”