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Chabad House opens in New Caledonia

(JTA) – Chabad, the Hasidic movement that operates Jewish centers in more than 90 countries, has set up shop in the Pacific island archipelago of New Caledonia, which has 250,000 residents and 250 Jews. The movement’s emissaries to the island, which is a French territory, are Rabbi Menachem and Bassie Sabbach. The rabbi is a fluent French speaker; his parents were raised in France. He was raised in Melbourne, Australia, which is located 1,600 miles southwest of his new posting. Bassie Sabbach is from Manchester, England, according to a report last month on Chabad’s website about the opening of a Chabad house there. New Caledonia, which in 2014 received approximately 100,000 tourists, is the 91st country where Chabad maintains a center, according to the movement. The center there opened last month.

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