Greenwich commemorates Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s legacy

Hundreds of people are expected to gather to observe the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, including in Greenwich.

The central event in Greenwich will be a musical tribute through song and story with special guest Rabbi Ruvi New of Boca Raton, Fla. to be held on Tuesday, July 1st, at 8 p.m. at the Bruce Museum. The event will include a dessert reception.

Considered by his followers as “One of the greatest spiritual leaders of the past century,” Chabad of Greenwich said, “The scholarly and visionary leader was consulted by prime ministers and celebrities, Jews and non-Jews from all walks of life, who came to his modest Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, seeking counsel on issues ranging from personal dilemmas to international affairs. 20 years since his passing, Rabbi Schneerson’s legacy is as strong as ever, with a network of more than 3,330 Chabad institutions in 72 countries, including right here in Greenwich.”

“The Rebbe was one of the greatest giants of this past century, serving as an inspiration to countless numbers of people,” remarked Rabbi Yossi Deren, executive director of Chabad Greenwich. “It is befitting to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the Rebbe on the anniversary of his passing, by reflecting on his powerful teachings  on spirituality, faith and ethics and applying them to our daily lives.”

Jewish communities around the world will celebrate the Rebbe’s yahrtzeit, which is the anniversary of a person’s death, in formal and informal gatherings for reflection and resolution. Some international locations report that they expect attendance of up to 5,000 each for their city-wide gatherings.

In New York City’s borough of Queens, tens of thousands of people are expected to visit Rebbe Schneerson’s grave, which is considered a place of deep sanctity, in the Old Montefiore Cemetery, to seek spiritual inspiration and blessing. Thousands more will send faxes, letters and e-mails containing prayer requests to be read or placed at the gravesite.

Rabbi Deren will be leading a excursion to the Ohel as part of a large Day of Study, Reflection & Inspiration at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens, N.Y. on Sunday, June 29. Departing together from Chabad of Greenwich at 9:30 a.m. the Jewish Community of Greenwich will participate in day of lectures and workshops with renowned speakers and authors including a customized visit to the Ohel, the Rebbe’s resting place, during the course of the day.

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