By COLlive reporter
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Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen paid a visit to the Rebbe‘s Ohel in Queens after participating in the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City, on Tuesday.
Cohen held a slew of meetings at the UN Headquarters with counterparts to discuss cooperation on technology, energy, tourism and security matters.
He then went to the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch Center at the Old Montefiore Cemetery to recite a prayer at the onset of the new Jewish year of 5784.
“After a busy day, it was very important for me to get blessings from the Rabbi and get inspiration,” he said in a statement before going in to pray.
Cohen, a member of the governing Likud party, has been lauded for his public service during the first 9 months of his tenure.
“In every country that I visit, I insist on visiting every Jewish community and the ambassador of Chabad in each city,” he told COLlive.com. “I also ask local authorities to help them.”
His visit was planned by his Lubavitcher friend, journalist Mendi Rizel, and Rabbis Zalman Zvulonov and Levi Yitzchak Wolowik of the Bukharian community in Queens.
They welcomed Cohen, along with Ohel director Rabbi Abba Refson, businessman Dudi Farkash, Berri Spitezki from Keren Menachem-Chamah and the philanthropist and supporter of Chamah and Chabad around the world Mr. Alex Rovt, and Avremi Deitsch, who served as a Shliach in Ukraine until the war broke out.
In a message to Shluchim, Cohen called on them “to continue the important and holy work they are doing in helping Jews around the world in every state.”