A delegation of Hasidic Jews and discussed with them issues including the protection of Jewish cemeteries in Europe and combating child sex abuse.
The pontiff held a 45-minute audience at the Vatican on Monday with the group, which was led by Rabbi Edgar Gluck.
A video on the Yeshiva World News website and also posted to YouTube shows the pope swaying to the music as members of the delegation dance and serenade him with the song “Long years shall satiate him.”
Gluck’s son Zvi, who was part of the delegation, told Yeshiva World News that the pontiff pledged to work toward enacting “stronger rules against destroying Jewish cemeteries to build roads or homes.”
Born in Germany, Edgar Gluck, 80, divides his time between Brooklyn and Poland, where he holds the title of chief rabbi of Galicia. In the United States, where he has long been politically active, he was a co-founder of Hatzolah, one of the largest volunteer ambulance corps.
Gluck and Pope Francis met and discussed the plight of Jewish cemeteries last year when the pontiff visited Krakow.