(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Rambam Community in Madrid held a KKL-JNF Shabbat on March 7, attended by Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel; KKL-JNF co-Chairman Mr. Eli Aflalo; Mr. Dito Beniflah, CEO of KKL-JNF Spain, and the President of the community, Mr. Isaac Hachuel.
“KKL-JNF does sacred work by developing the land of Israel
,” said the former Chief Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar, in his address to the Rambam community of Madrid. Rabbi Amar also spoke at the Kabbalat Shabbat reception that took place at the Hebrew school, and the students were noticeably moved. As Shabbat commenced, 170 people gathered for prayer at the KKL-JNF Shabbat, which ended Saturday night.
The people of the Madrid community said that except for Yom Kippur, there has never been such a large gathering of Jewish people on Shabbat. After the greetings of KKL-JNF CEO Dito Beniflah and the Community President Isaac Hachuel, Rabbi Amar spoke in detail about the work done by KKL-JNF to develop the land of Israel and went on to give his first Torah lesson, one of the five he presented over the course of the Shabbat.
A traditional singer from Paris, invited by one of the members of the community, enhanced the prayer service with his beautiful voice. Shabbat dinners and the traditional seuda shlishit (3rd meal) were served, and there was also a Torah lesson given by the rabbi of the community, Rabbi Yerachmiel Barylka, former KKL-JNF rabbi in Jerusalem.
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