A delegation from the Jewish community of Montreal, 600 strong , arrived in Israel in mid-May for a week's visit. This particularly large group traditionally flies to Israel for an organized tour just once every decade. Among its members are prominent, highly respected Canadian donors who together have adopted the city of Beersheva and contributed generously to projects that have brought huge benefits to the city's residents, particularly in the fields of education and social welfare.
The group's whirlwind tour is designed to give the Montrealers an inside look and understanding of Israel. Their final, gala event in the country was held on 22 May at Ramat Hanadiv, with the participation of Stephen Bronfman, a scion of one of the 'first families' of Jewish philanthropy in North America.