On Tuesday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Sender (Alex) Edelman will iy’H host a reception for the benefit of Chesed L’Avraham in their home, 49 Lawrence Avenue. Aron and Moshe Wolfson will serve as event chairmen, and Norman Braun, Hershy Kappel, Bernie Nagleberg, and Sender Schwartz are event co-chairs. The Skulener Rebbe, shlita, will personally participate. No matter how difficult it is for the Rebbe to travel and exert himself, he has never ceased to stretch his kochos to the limit on behalf of his “children.”
In 1960, the previous Skulener Rebbe, zt’l, Reb Eliezer Zusya Portugal, and his son, the Rebbe, shlita, Reb Yisroel Avraham, were released from a prison in Communist Romania, where they had been held for almost a year. Intense public pressure from the leading gedolim of that era, including the Lubavitcher, Kapishnitzer, Sadigerer, and Boyaner Rebbes, coupled with diplomatic intervention from no less than United Nations Secretary-General Dag HammarskjÃ¶ld, allowed them to immigrate to the United States.
Although they had been locked away from world Jewry for decades, the Rebbes’ efforts on behalf of Romanian wartime orphans were well known. Jews from all over celebrated their arrival. Almost immediately after they settled in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, they formed a network of orphanages in EretzYisrael to provide material and spiritual sustenance to hundreds of orphaned children and children who came from homes where the parents were either unfit or unable to care for them. Their goal was to help these children grow up, marry, and raise Torah-true generations. The organization was Chesed L’Avraham.
To this day, the Skulener Rebbe, shlita, guides Chesed L’Avraham on a daily basis. Orphanages in Bnei Brak, Meron, and Kadimah are staffed by teachers, house parents, and a full roster of educational professionals. The children receive a chareidichinuch in a loving and nurturing environment. Wherever possible, the birth parents are invited to participate in the child’s upbringing, even if only in a limited way. In addition, every child’s simcha becomes a Chesed L’Avraham family occasion, as milestones like barmitzvahs and weddings are arranged and sponsored by the organization.
After-school programs in Chadera, Kiryat Ata, Nahariya, Ashkelon, and Ashdod give public-school children the opportunity to thrive in a wholesome Torah atmosphere. Summer camps, national outreach and alumni programs, Shabbatonim, separate educational programming for married men and women, and a vocational training center help young people develop the social and life skills necessary to lead productive lives.
This event will be a rare opportunity for people in the Lawrence community to meet one-on-one with the Rebbe, shlita, and receive his blessing, while showing their support for a cause that is so close to his heart.
For additional information or to arrange an appointment, please call Rabbi Kalman Myski at Chesed L’Avraham, 718-384-6642