Elul represents a time of “VIP access” to Hashem, the King of all creation, and Chabad of the Five Towns is engaging the community to take full advantage. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi taught that while Hashem is always accessible, in this final month leading to the Day of Judgment Hashem is “in the fields,” at His most open and compassionate. But with it coinciding with the end-of-summer and back-to-school rush, the spiritual significance of the time can be lost.

Chabad of the Five Towns has been conducting engaging activities throughout September for all ages and backgrounds. At Smile on Seniors, Rebbetzin Hadassah Geisinsky gave a moving shiur about how to best prepare ourselves for this important time. At a weekly ladies’ Navishiur, Dr. Annett Labovitz spoke about the message of MaftirYonah. On Shabbos of September 13, a farbrengen was held to celebrate Chai Elul, the birthdays of the Baal Shem Tov and the Baal HaTanya. On Sunday, September 14, the Jewish Discovery Program Hebrew School began. In addition, a sofer came to Chabad for everyone to bring in tefillin and mezuzos for inspection. Later in the day, Friendship Circle began with a hands-on holiday program for children with special needs. Mrs. Leah Muller began her program, Connection to the Source, on Monday as well. Chabad’s many youth clubs and the Gan Chamesh preschool have also been excitedly preparing for this auspicious time.

As Rabbi Zalman Wolowik, director of Chabad of the Five Towns, explains, “As we enter our 20th year in the Five Towns, we at Chabad are happy that, baruchHashem, so much has been done for our community for people of all ages and walks of life. We are looking forward to doing more, as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, taught by example to always be happy but never satisfied. We thank our community for their ongoing support.”

There is still time to join Chabad of the Five Towns for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services, led by Chazzan Shalom Jacobs, at HAFTR High School. Reservations are encouraged but not required. All are welcome. Visit www.chabad5towns.com/seats or call 516-295-2478. Shanah tovah u’metukah.


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