Rwanda Gets Chabad Center, Nation’s First Shul And First Permanent Rabbi

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A new Chabad-Lubavitch center is set to open in Kigali, Rwanda, that will include the nation’s first shul, served by the country’s first permanent rabbi, reported

Rabbi Chaim and Dina Bar Sella, who arrived in Rwanda with their 8-month-old son, will lead the Chabad center with support from the Chabad of Central Africa, led by Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The new Jewish center will be the ninth Chabad House in central Africa, and Bar Sella will become the country’s first permanent rabbi.

He said “we look forward to meeting the needs of everyone here—from humanitarian workers helping those in need to businesspeople taking part in Rwanda’s developing economy.”

The rabbi was able to gather a minyan for Shabbos prayers the first week there in Rwanda, one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Upcoming programs include Torah classes for men and women, and programming for children.

Israeli Ambassador to Rwanda Ron Adam noted that the new Jewish center will add to the community, saying “when I opened the new embassy here, the first thing I decided to do is to request Rabbi Bentolila to help me establish a Beit Chabad. Now that Chaim and Dina have come, I’m very happy. We’ve become a team!”

The Bar Sellas recently helped Adam put up a mezuzah in his office.




  1. Finding a vacuum is easy. Grade the chabad half bull for redemption. Israel is not frank to do its business everywhere but this helps. Quick global domination. From your gefilte to the face that favors. Bite in at chabad and the bite out is driven buck. Gold before gold.

    Less gravy more wine. Is it heart felt?

  2. Beautiful! But what took so long? Actually I’m surprised there was not Chabad center in Rwanda until now.

  3. Printing Tanya in Rwanda.

    What a kiddush Lubavitch!!!!

    When will the billboards of the Rebbe go up in Kigali for the sheva mitzvos bnei Neyach?

    Let’s see the Rebbeh make piece between Hutus and Tutsis.

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