By COLlive reporter
400 people gathered Sunday in Crown Heights to mark Tzivos Hashem’s 29th anniversary of working with Jewish children the world over.
The gala cocktail at the Jewish Children’s Museum honored the Mendelsohn family, Rabbi Gedaliah Shaffer OBM, Shmuly Axelrod and Shmuly Lax.
The Mendelson family, known for their charitable acts in the United States and Israel, accepted the award in memory of their mother, Rochel Leah OBM.
Her husband, Rabbi Mayer Mendelsohn opened a small pizza shop in Boro Park in 1969, which grew to become the largest in the Tri-State and a nationally distributed frozen meals company.
The award was presented to the Mendelsohns by Heshy Korenblit of the Jewish Press, Chairman of the 5770 dinner.
The second awardee was Rabbi Gedaliah Shaffer, a loving father, explorer and talmid chacham who was killed in a car accident in 2007.
Shaffer would take annual 3 week trips to exotic and far-off locations, taking thousands of photographs along the way. A collection of those were on display at the dinner.
“Gedaliah was as comfortable in a board room as he was speaking to the simplest person,” related his close friend, Rabbi Moishe Lieder of San Diego, CA, who flew in for the event.
Lieder spoke of Shaffer’s unique personality, great intelligence and love of learning. “We had an angel in our midst, and Hashem took that angel back. We were fortunate for the short time we knew him.”
Shmuly Axelrod received an award for his work on the Young Leadership Committee.
12 year old Shmuly Lax received the Power of Children award, for his volunteer work, visiting patients at Miamonides Hospital in Brooklyn.
Comedian Marc Weiner performed a comedy sketch about becoming an Orthodox Jew which had the audience in fits of laughter.