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Canadian Prime Minister Hosts First-Ever Chanukah Party at Ottawa Residence

December 10, 2010 10:00 AM
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made history this month by hosting a Chanukah celebration at his official residence in Ottawa. It was the first time since Canada’s founding that its prime minister brought the holiday to his private chambers.
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At the first-ever Chanukah celebration at Canada’s prime ministerial residence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the celebration he attended in his hometown of Calgary with Rabbi Menachem Matusof, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Alberta. As the two talked, Rabbis Chaim Mendelsohn, director of Chabad of Centrepointe in Ottawa; Avraham Altein, director of the Lubavitch Centre of Winnipeg; and Reuven Bulka, a former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, looked on.
At the first-ever Chanukah celebration at Canada’s prime ministerial residence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the celebration he attended in his hometown of Calgary with Rabbi Menachem Matusof, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Alberta. As the two talked, Rabbis Chaim Mendelsohn, director of Chabad of Centrepointe in Ottawa; Avraham Altein, director of the Lubavitch Centre of Winnipeg; and Reuven Bulka, a former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, looked on.

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