Hundreds turned out at Chabad of the Valley Headquarters in Tarzana on
Thursday evening, June 18th, to observe the 21st Yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem
M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZY”A.
Over the past two decades, Chabad of the Valley’s yearly Farbrengen, which includes a full course
dinner, has been an important landmark event in the greater Los Angeles area
that recognizes the incredible leadership of the Rebbe.
Associate Director of Chabad of the Valley, Rabbi Mordechai Einbinder opened
the evening with greetings and words of inspiration describing the Rebbe’s
global vision that breathed new life into world Jewry after the decimation
of the holocaust.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by Dr. Ira
Weiss – The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Cardiologist. Participants were truly
captivated as Dr. Weiss shared rare insights into his unique encounter
heading up the team of physicians treating the Rebbe after his heart attack
Rabbi Mayer Greene Chabad’s Director of Adult Education, introduced a truly
moving video entitled “The Rebbe is Gezunt” which featured the talk given by
the Rebbe on Motzei Simchas Torah 5378 just two days after he had suffered a
massive heart attack.
Led by Rabbi Yochanon Baitelman the Shliach to Chabad of Porter Ranch, the
crowd joined together in the reciting of Tehilim for the safety and security
for Eretz Yisroel and a speedy recovery for those in need of a refuah
shleima, Then, the sweet voice of Yossi Loloyan uplifted everyone as sung a Chassidic niggunim.
After the conclusion of the formal program the farbrengen continued late
into the night with more niggunim and words of inspiration by Rabbis Moshe Weiss
and Mendel Lipskier of Chabad of Sherman Oaks.
The event was coordinated by the rabbis and staff of Chabad of the Valley
along with volunteers from the Chabad community.
“Farbrengen” was once again generously funded by a grant from of the Finder
Family Educational Center and speakers acknowledged and extended special
thanks to Gary and Rochelle Finder.