By Rabbi Zalman Wolowik
When children with special needs are educated with love and concern, who benefits? When people can turn to friends for help in times of physical or emotional distress, who benefits? When individuals can feel accepted and welcomed regardless of financial, religious, or cultural status, who benefits? When vibrant Jewish communities are established and flourish in our midst, who benefits?
We all benefit. The above ideals form the very essence of Chabad and its annual dinner. Over the years, Chabad has grown in leaps and bounds because people increasingly recognize and appreciate its warmth and non-judgmental philosophy.
Children are being educated in lively Jewish environments at our early childhood center, Hebrew schools, Cheder, summer day camps and youth programs. Adults are attending Chabad’s classes, lectures, luncheons, and personalized study sessions. Families are discovering a new Jewish dimension to their lives through our synagogue and outreach programs. Seniors are enjoying weekly programs and home visits. However, if our community is to continue to reap these benefits, we need your help.
On Sunday, Tevet 12, December 15, Chabad will be hosting its annual dinner celebration, at The Sands in Atlantic Beach, marking 19 years of commitment to our community. While we look with pride at the many accomplishments we have experienced in the past, we focus on the future with a vision of growth.
This event is our primary source of funds for the year. It is also a joyous and heartwarming occasion. We call upon you to participate generously in this vital campaign by joining us and placing a message of greeting in the Dinner Scroll of Honor.
Chabad is a partnership organization. We offer you a share in our mitzvos and nachas, for it is only through your support that our outreach and educational activities can continue and flourish.
Our esteemed honorees–Mr. Btsalel and Mrs. Esther Farkas, Dr. Benjy and Mrs. Faigie Hertz, Mr. David and Mrs. Zehavit Mandelbaum, Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Jacqueline Rolnick, and Mr. Boris and Mrs. Anna Volfman–and I look forward to receiving your kind response and greeting you personally at our celebration. Visit www.chabad5towns.com or call 516-295-2478 to RSVP for the dinner, purchase an ad, or purchase raffle tickets. Thank you in advance for your generosity and may G-d, in turn, bless you with good health, happiness, and prosperity. v