To everyone at Chabad,

It is a wonderful blessing to have you in the community! I enjoy the events I've been able to attend the food always delicious! Thank you for the teachings, insights and words of encouragement at events & the emails which I so look forward to.

Thank you for all your prayers and kind deeds to better our community as God would like.

Blessings,

L. G.
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“Chabad came into our lives this winter following the birth of our 4th child, a son. As is customary in Judaism, boys are circumcised in a Jewish ceremony called a Bris.

Our family lives in a small rural community in SE Minnesota with a population of 1020 people. I anxiously made several phone calls to Jewish organizations where I was left feeling anxious and turned away.

I then found the number for Chabad and hesitantly called. Rabbi Shloime answered the phone and greeted me kindly and eagerly. He listened to my request, answered my questions and enthusiastically informed me that he would help us to make this Bris, this right of passage happen for our son! He not only found a Mohel to perform the ceremony, but given that we had no family that lives near us he offered his family to come celebrate this joyous event with us.

Rabbi Shloime, his wife Chana and his father Rabbi David Greene, drove over an hour to our home, over an hours drive from Rochester, they brought traditional food and wine for the ceremony and celebration.

They showed our family perfect strangers such kindness. Our family is so thankful for Chabad for bringing my heritage back into my family's life and for being there in times of celebration and in times of need.

S. T. 
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"Chabad is a spiritual, social and supportive center for all. When my wife and I were visiting Mayo Clinic for various treatments and a liver transplant we were welcomed at this wonderful place.

We came first at the first evening of the Hanukkah holiday, and had the opportunity to light the first candle of the Menorah.  After the transplantation, Rabbi Greene, along with his son, visited me in the hospital and were very supportive. I was visited by Rebbetzin Chanie as well, and she brought me her wonderful Challah bread and a lot of cookies, all handmade.

They are always in good mood and optimistic and there is always a warm and familiar atmosphere and this spirit of theirs, transferred to all of us, is so important in hard times. It is always a pleasure to be at their company, and those moments with them, we will always treasure and cherish."

Mark Yeshanov
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“Well over a year ago I, along with a guardian of a couple of individuals supported by my agency (HH), sought assistance from Chabad. We met with Rabbis’ Greene and the experience, not only tremendously enhanced any knowledge we had; a mutual, community-based relationship began.

We talked about many things, especially what an individual with severe disabilities may mean in terms of our spiritual beliefs and just as humans. Ever since that first visit, I know the situations we brought to them are on their minds, with the center tenderly reconnecting a family, seeking resources for an individual to someday have a traditional Jewish burial, volunteers from Chabad visiting individuals around special celebrations and even choosing our agency to assist with a “Hamantash (cookie) Bake”.

Thank you for welcoming us that first day and reciprocating with so much kindness since.” 

Carol Brogan - Advocate and Admissions Coordinator Hiawatha Homes
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