By COLlive reporter
Photos by Meir Alfasi
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had a confession to make while inaugurating a new seminars wing at the Yad Vashem museum and memorial to the Holocaust.
“I am not Jewish,” he told the audience of 350. “But I have a rabbi.”
According to the Globe and Mail, he then proceeded to introduce Rabbi Chaim Mendelsohn, the Chabad Shliach in Ottawa, who was accompanying the Minister on his visit to Israel.
Another part of that visit was a tour in the chassidic village of Kfar Chabad and headquarters of Lubavitch in Israel on Tuesday afternoon.
Baird was acompannied by Canadian Ambassador to Israel Paul Hunt, Israel’s Ambassador to Canada Miriam Ziv and Rabbi Mendelsohn.
Greeting them were the Rebbe’s mazkir Rabbi Leibel Groner, Kfar Chabad Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, Chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad in Israel Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Aharonov, and Kfar Chabad “Mayor” Binyomin Lifshitz.
The guests got to visit the 770 building, a replica of Chabad headquarters in Brooklyn and continued to tour the Matzah bakery, where they lent a hand in kneading the dough.
They later went for lunch where he heard from Moshe Moshiach Kashi, a resident of Emanuel who lost his family in a suicide terror bombing on a bus and is now being supported by the Chabad Terror Victims Project.