Joseph Gutnick: Australian Philanthropist Helps People Around the World

Gutnick Center Hebron
Gutnick Center:Hebron. Photo Coutesy ISM-NC
 When Joseph Gutnick, Australian entrepreneur, came to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson for advice in the 1980s, the Rebbe told him that he would become wealthy by finding diamonds under the sands of the desert.

Although the prediction did not come true in its fullest sense, Gutnick did make a fortune during the 1990s when he discovered millions of ounces of gold in the desert of the Australian outback.

But Gutnick’s real riches has come to him in the form of his 11 children, and his well-known philanthropic undertakings all over the world.

Joseph Isaac Gutnick, also known as Diamond Joe, is a strong supporter of Israel and the Australian Chabad, an organization which works hard to reunite Jews with their roots. He is the main supporter of the Gutnick Center, a fully catered banquet hall which serves the Jewish community of Hevron, Kiryat Arba and the surrounding Jewish communities.

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India in 2008 in which the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Chabad there were ruthlessly murdered, Gutnick pledged to rebuild the facility and make it “even grander than before.”

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