More than 1,500 people flocked to a gala fundraising dinner and auction benefitting Paris’ Beth Loubavitch and the network of Chabad-Lubavitch centers in and around the French capital.

Reading like a Who’s Who of local Jewish leaders, the guest list included Israeli Ambassador Yossi Gal, French Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, and Parisian Chief rabbi David Meshash.

Both chief rabbis praised the work of Chabad of Paris directors Rabbi Mendel and Bassie Azimov, noting the increasing difficulty of maintaining Jewish infrastructure in Europe.