By COLlive reporter
A Chabad Shliach was one of many Jewish leaders, decision makers and thinkers from around the world who gathered for a conference with the goal of fashioning a strategic perspective for the Jewish people in light of the threats, challenges and opportunities.
Last week’s “Conference on the Future of the Jewish People” in Jerusalem was organized by the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) with the participation of Israeli President Shimon Peres as Honorary Chair.
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad’s Shliach in Washington, DC, and Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch, was there as a participant and speaker on a pannel about increasing Jewish identity in th Diaspora.
The JPPI leadership is headed by Russian-Jewish philanthropist Leonid Nevzlin and U.S. Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, a personal friend of Shemtov and his father Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, the Rebbe‘s Shliach to the White House.
JPPI presents its policy recommendations to Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with the leaders of Jewish organizations and communities around the world.
According to Avinoam Bar-Yosef, founding Director of JPPI, “The conference participants intend to shape together a wide strategic conception for the Jewish People to ensure a thriving future.”
During the session, Rabbi Levi Shemtov has a chance to confer with some of the Israeli leaders, among them Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Opposition and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, Vice Premier and Minister of Strategic Affairs Bogie Ya’alon, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Jewish Agency Head Natan Sharansky and others.
Speaking to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Shemtov related to him what a Kiddush Hashem the Prime Minister created when he recalled last year that the Rebbe’s words to him on a Simchas Torah inspired his speech to the U.S. General Assembly.
“It’s true!” Netanyahu replied noting that it was no surprise. “What the Rebbe told me then is true.”
Shemtov added that Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren spent Hakafos at Chabad DC this year and told participants that Netanyahu had also spoken to him about the Rebbe’s words.
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