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An Emotional Midnight Minyan in Hackensack

(Courtesy of Chabad of Hackensack) Rabbi Mendy Kaminker of Chabad of Hackensack experienced an amazing sense of pride in his congregation this week when they answered a middle-of-the-night call to help a fellow Jew.

Rabbi Kaminker received a phone call at 10:45 p.m. the other night from Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, the Rebbe’s shliach in Franklin Lakes. Rabbi Kaplan explained that he was at Hackensack Hospital, helping a Jew by the name of Chaim Blumenfeld, who was injured in an accident.

Rabbi Kaplan further explained that he met Blumenfeld that night, when Rebbetzin Kaplan saw him involved in an accident on the side of the road and called her husband to offer his assistance. When Rabbi Kaplan accompanied Blumenfeld to the hospital, Blumenfeld explained that he is saying Kaddish for his mother and was worried he would miss minyan due to the accident. Rabbi Kaplan immediately called Rabbi Kaminker and asked if there was any chance in the world they can get a minyan of people at the hospital at such a late hour?

Rabbi Kaminker didn’t think it would happen, but figured he would try. Amazingly, nine people came to the hospital in the middle of the night to help a stranger with a minyan. Most of the men were regulars at Chabad of Hackensack. Rabbi Kaminker praised them, “We are such a young community yet we are already doing so much chesed! I am so proud of our community! May we gather many times for happy occasions.”

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