By COLlive.com reporter
On Thursday at a leadership conference for a select group of 50 students from 25 Universities, Mr. George Rohr, renowned philanthropist to worldwide Jewish causes, addressed the students about charity in today’s world.
The workshop session, which took place at Chabad of Midtown Manhattan, was part of a conference for the top Campus Chabad student presidents who were chosen from hundreds of applicants to receive an all-expense paid trip to New York for the event.
Mr. Rohr spoke to the students about the importance of giving in today’s challenging times and uncertain economy. Rohr also said that when he gives he “finds causes on a scale that his giving will actually make a difference and have a real impact.”
When asked why people should give to Jewish causes when there is disease and hunger in the world, Rohr responded that “giving to Jewish causes enhances the Jewish experience, and will hopefully help to prevent assimilation. As Jews, we need to ask ourselves, where does the world get their values of humanity, that we have to cure the sick, feed the hungry, and care for children? These are Jewish values from the Torah. Supporting Jewish causes has a ripple effect across the whole world.”
The event was coordinated by Rabbi Dovid Teichtel– University of Illinois, Rabbi Yosef Kulek-University of Hartford, Rabbi Dov Yona Korn-NYU, Rabbi Yonah Blum-Columbia University, Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman-University of Delaware.
On Friday the students will join more than 800 others for the Chabad on Campus Shabbaton in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.