In Silicon Valley, California, S. Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor was so thrilled with Chabad’s citywide Menorah Lighting, she then asked Rabbi Yigal Rosenberg to bring the light into City Hall for the very first time.
During the ceremonial Menorah Lighting in the City Hall chambers, Mayor Gillmor expressed her delight at the great turnout the day before, at the outdoor Public Menorah lighting. She also made note of Rabbi Rosenberg’s great sense of humor. “Hi Mom!” Rabbi Yigal exclaimed, as the video cameras captured the City Hall event live on the Internet.
Rabbi Yigal Rosenberg and his wife Elana (nee Lackner) started Chabad S. Clara two and a half years ago, and represent the only Jewish organization in the entire city. The City’s support for its local Jewish community has flourished significantly this past year, after Rabbi Yigal initiated the Mayoral Proclamation of “Education & Sharing Day USA” in honor of the Rebbe’s birthday. Since then he has been appointed Chaplain of the local Police Department; and he meets regularly with Principals of the S. Clara School District to discuss the Rebbe’s vision of fostering positive ethics and morality among the student body. Yud Tes Kislev this year marked the printing of the City’s first Tanya in the Chabad’s recently purchased property. In the coming weeks the Rosenbergs will be launching a building renovation campaign to better serve the needs of their growing community.
The menorah lighting at City Hall was one of six public lightings this Chanukah, including S. Clara University, a highly attended rooftop event for Jewish millennials, and the first Menorah ever kindled at Levi’s Stadium, home of the S. Francisco 49ers.
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