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20th Year Commemoration of the Rebbe’s Passing

More than 500 Jews from across the Gar­den State are expected to turn out on Monday, June 23, to commemorate the life of the Reb­be, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of right­eous memory, who passed away 20 years ago this month.

The community-wide event will be held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange at 7:30 p.m., and is being sponsored by the Rabbinical College of America and the Chabad shluchim (emissaries) of New Jersey. Yeshiva Universi­ty President Richard M. Joel, who has led the Modern Orthodox institution for more than 10 years, will deliver the evening’s keynote ad­dress.

“The Rebbe’s 20th yahrzeit is a time that we can, and should, draw a lot of inspiration as we continue to carry out his teachings and visions for a better world, “ says Rabbi Moshe Herson, dean of the Rabbinical College of America. “Gathering together in unity is the best tribute to the Rebbe’s legacy.”

The seventh leader of the Chabad- Lubavitch movement, the Rebbe was born in 1902 in Nikolaev, Russia. He took over as the group’s spiritual leader in 1950 after the pass­ing of his father-in-law, the sixth Lubavitch reb­be, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson. The Reb­be suffered a severe stroke in 1992 and he passed away two years later, in 1994, on the Hebrew date of Gimmel Tammuz, which this year falls out on Tuesday, July 1.

Throughout his life, the Rebbe focused on reaching out to Jews throughout the world, re­gardless of their background or religious prac­tice. He stressed that every Jew had a spark in his soul that was waiting to be rekindled.

For more information about the event, call 973-267-9404 or email [email protected].

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