The development of Chabad institutions in Tzfas was evident on the 25th yartzeit of Rabbi Leibel Kaplan OBM, the Head Shliach of Tzfas, who was killed in a car accident on 16 Iyar.
Marking the yartzeit were tends of people from the community, along with family members, fellow Shluchim and Yeshiva bochurim. They recited Tehillim and made a Siyum in his memory.
Later, Rabbi Kaplan’s son and successor, Rabbi Chaim Kaplan presided over the inauguration of a new event hall near Heichal Levi Yitzchok, the central Chabad Shul in Tzfas.
The hall was named Beis Yisroel Aryeh Leib after the Rebbe‘s brother, whose yartzeit was this past Thursday and is also buried in the same Jewish cemetery as Rabbi Leibel Kaplan.
The hall was dedicated by Australian philanthropist Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Gutnick, whose merits included dedicating the Shul and the Mikvah Chana in Tzfas, named after the Rebbe’s mother.
The Seudas Mitzvah was donated by the brothers Yechiel Polter and Yochanan Polter, leaders of the Beis Moshe Yerachmiel Shul in Detroit, where Rabbi Kaplan’s eldest son Rabbi Mendel Kaplan serves as rov.
Rabbi Mendel Kaplan made a Siyum on the entire Shas, along with 9 Siyumim by grandchildren.