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L'chaim Chabad Lubavitch Festival programs were broader and more inclusive than ever

Thursday, 29 October, 2015 - 10:53 am

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L'chaim Chabad Lubavitch Festival programs were broader and more inclusive than ever, celebrating this year of Hakhel - a year of Jewish unity.

Chazan Mendel Heidingsfeld shares the stage with World class Chasidic star Shloimie Gertner.JPGIt would be close to impossible to choose a highlight from L’Chaim Chabad’s myriad of High Holiday programmes. From youth parties, to senior events, services and feasts to classes and celebrations, thousands of Manchester residents enjoyed dozens of Holiday programmes.

L’Chaim not only worked to provide spiritual nourishment, but its food bank distributed more than £15000.00 worth of food to needy families for the season.

In keeping with the tradition more than one thousand pairsCteen girls enjoying a Sukkos party.JPG of tefillin and mezuzot were checked, prior to Rosh Hashanawith some three hundred getting replaced. Meanwhile, the season’s studies began with a three week course for men and women to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the upcoming holidays arranged by the local JLIchapter.  Some 15,000 copies of The Holiday Times magazine were distributed throughout Greater Manchester.

THE LATEST EDITION OF THE HOLIDAY TIMES  

Children performing for Heathland residents at the annual Sukkos party.JPGSome 500 lonely people were treated to a pre rosh hashono visit and a beautiful apple and honey package.

Following the preparatory programmes, Rosh Hashana began with an explanatory Rosh Hashana service, coupled with a scrumptious meal for those looking for a homey, comfortable New Year experience.

Throughout the festivals of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot, instead of remaining at home to enjoy the festive meals, dozens of volunteers were out on the streets walking many a mile to blow the shofar, or shake the lulav with bedridden patients and elderly members of hospitals and old age facilities unable to make it to Synagogues over the Holiday. L'chaims hotline was fielding calls up until the start of Yom Tov.

L’Chaim’s reach extended to more rural areas outside Manchester with smallRabbi Weinman manning the Sukkah at Tesco.JPG communities, where traditional Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services were set up. For many of the attendees, the services are their only link to their Jewish heritage.

When Sukkot came around, it meant a week with no sleep in an already hectic month for Rabbis and volunteers. The festival is referred to as the “time of our joy,” and L’Chaim was intent on ensuring that was felt by all local Jews. Mobile Sukkas traversed the streets, while prominent public Sukkahs were  erected in busy shopping centers and the city center.

Hundreds of seniors enjoyed the Smile on Seniors Sukkot Celebrations, arrangedWorld class Chasidic star Shloimie Gertner encourages children to help him.JPG in coordination with the F.J.S. Youngsters had a particularly enjoyable Sukkot, with a special Cteen Sukkas party.

Yet, if one were to choose just one highlight, it would have to be the annual family Sukkot festival attended by more than 3000! Rides, shows, live music dancing and a spectacular unity concert with chasidic star Shloimie Gertner brought together the Manchester Jewish community like never before in a most unique celebration.

Simchat Torah brought the month long festivities to a closing high amid much joy and fanfare. L'chaim Chabad Lubavitch volunteers spread across the city bringing Children enjoying a jumping castle at a simchat Beis Hashoeva.JPGthe Chassidic joy and spirit of the day to members of most of Manchester’s Synagogues


Simchat Torah brought the month long festivities to a closing high amid much joy and fanfare. Chabad volunteers spread across the city bringing the Chassidic joy and spirit of the day to members of most of Manchester’s Synagogues.

 

 

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