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June 17, 2016  RSS feed

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2 Chabads to celebrate life of Rebbe with lecture

Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar Two local Chabad centers are joining together to present “A Celebration of the Life and Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe” on Wednesday, June 29, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the death one of Judaism’s most influential modern-day rabbis, Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Chabad of Clearwater and Chabad of Pinellas County are co-sponsoring a lecture by Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar of Bal Harbour, a well-known orator in the Chabad-Lubvitch movement.

Rabbi Lipskar will speak at the Tabacinic Chabad Center, 2280 Belleair Road in Clearwater. A dessert reception will be held at 7 p.m. and the lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, $15 per couple and $180 for sponsors.

Following his ordination and advanced studies, Rabbi Lipskar was appointed a shliach (emissary) by the Rebbe in 1969. He was assigned to the Landow Yeshiva Center in Miami Beach, where he founded Yeshiva Gedolah Rabbinical College and served as principal and dean of elementary, secondary and high school studies.

In 1981 he founded The Shul in Bal Harbour just north of Miami Beach, where he continues to serve as head rabbi. In 2009, The Shul was recognized as one of America’s 25 most vibrant congregations by Newsweek magazine and in 2013 Rabbi Lipskar was listed as one of the “Jewish 100” by The Algemeiner.

He also founded the Aleph Institute, a national Jewish education and humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the incarcerated and military and their families, being the official endorser of chaplains for the Department of Defense.

Rabbi Lipskar began the Educational Academy for the Elderly, where he is responsible for the development of pilot programs that restructure the educational priorities of elderly citizens. He also serves as an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University.

“Growing up, my friends and I always looked up to Rabbi Lipskar as the epitome of what an emissary of the Rebbe is all about,” said Rabbi Pinchas Adler, program director of Chabad of Pinellas County in Palm Harbor. “It is a great honor that he has agreed to come and address the community.”

Described as the most influential rabbi in modern history, the Rebbe’s pioneering efforts to reach out lovingly to every Jew and connect them with their Jewish heritage have touched millions of lives and forever transformed the landscape of Jewish life. His teachings about the inherent goodness of all mankind, and the infinite potential of every individual and each good deed, galvanized countless far and wide, and are increasingly studied.

“One does not have to look far to gauge the Rebbe’s impact on the Tampa Bay community. Twenty-two years ago there were just two Chabad Rabbis and Rebbetzins serving the area. Today … there are 10 Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins and more on the way.” said Rabbi Levi Hodakov of Chabad of Clearwater.

In addition to his unparalleled role in the Jewish community as both a preeminent scholar and leader, the Rebbe was the only rabbi ever to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, and to have an American national day, Education and Sharing Day, proclaimed in his honor.

The Rebbe died on July 9, 1994.

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