It was once again a record attendance at Lubavitch Educational Center’s Annual Family Melava Malka 5778. Over 800 fathers, sons, brothers and zaidies filled the newly constructed outdoor facility, for an evening of learning, entertainment and camaraderie.
The beautifully decorated hall was an exciting indication of what was in store for the evening. The evening began with an organized learning program between families learning sichos of the Rebbe. It was followed by a seudos melave malka.
Guest speaker at this year’s event was Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum, International Director of Tzivos Hashem, who inspired the guests with personal stories on the tremendous success of Tzivos Hashem, and with a call to action. Rabbi Weinbaum congratulated the Lubavitch Educational Center for inspiring the world on how to do mivtzoyim as he marveled at the 22,000 people the elementary school had helped.
Rabbi Benzion Korf, Dean of Lubavitch Educational Center and sponsor of the evening, chronicled the tremendous growth of LEC, expressing his gratitude to Hashem, the dedicated staff and to the participants. The event coordinator, Rabbi Yakov Garfinkel, related the tremendous achievements the students have made in many facets of the school, and, in particular, the selfless and inspiring act of a new student to LEC, Shimmy Wertheimer.
The evening culminated with a performance by illusionist and entertainer Ilan Smith. The South African put on a show that left many wondering “How did he do that?” Students were then able to take promotion pictures with Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum in recognition of their excellent efforts.
We extend our sincere gratitude to those who made the melave malka possible. Thank you to elemntary school principal Mrs. Shevi Sossonko, Chaya Mushka Amar, Shayna Bortunk, Ayelet Bortunk, and Avremi Rosenthal for their assistance in creating an evening that was both moving, inspiring and fun!
Lubavitch Elementary School is a part of Lubavitch Educational Center, which also includes Lubavitch Preschool and Beis Chana Middle and High School for Girls. The campus, which includes a seven-story facility, three-acre sports field and preschool playground and plans for a water park, is located in Miami Florida.
Under the directorship of Rabbi Benzion Korf, the school serves children from pre-nursery through 12th.