Hartford, CT -- Republicans and Democrats, State Senators and Representatives, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, rabbis and community leaders all gathered for a special event marking the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s 18th “Yahrtzeit”.
Due to the Rebbe’s inspiration, thousands of educational and social service centers have been established throughout the world. In our state alone, twenty-three full-time Chabad centers serve families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
“Even after eighteen years, Chabad continues to grow,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “You can be sure that the Rebbe would be proud.”
On Monday, June 18, dignitaries from across Connecticut convened in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol for an evening of tribute. The program included a musical celebration highlighting songs the Rebbe composed, as well as a brief video biography of the Rebbe. Personal memories were shared by Rabbi Yisrael Deren, Regional Director of Chabad.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman served as host for the event. “I cannot think of a better place from which to honor the Rebbe,” she said. “We should do much good in the Capitol, just as Chabad does every day.”
During his remarks, Governor Malloy announced that Friday, June 22 will be designated as a “Day of Goodness and Kindness” in Connecticut. The actual date of the Rebbe’s passing is the third day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz. This year, the corresponding date is Saturday, June 23.
“The trademark of Chabad, based on the guidance of the Rebbe, is belief in the inherent goodness of the world and its inhabitants. Hence, every person is worthy of attention, love, and knowledge,” reads a proclamation signed by the Governor. “A central tenant of the Rebbe’s teaching is the idea that every single positive act, as minor as it may seem, contributes to a better, more perfect world.”
In Connecticut, Chabad maintains twenty-three full-time centers. Known as “Chabad Houses,” these institutions stand out as welcoming spaces for all in need. Chabad Centers are located in: Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Litchfield, Milford, New Canaan, New Haven, New London, Orange, Ridgefield, Simsbury, Stamford, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Hartford, Westport, and Westville. Chabad Student Centers serve the campuses of University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Wesleyan University, and Yale University.
“By his example and through his teachings, the Rebbe has inspired millions of lives," said Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky, Executive Director of the Benet Rothstein Chabad Jewish Center in Glastonbury. “This program was designed to honor the Rebbe by highlighting this legacy of education and generosity.”