Chabad in Brooklyn, under the dynamic leadership of Rabbi Shimon Hecht and his wife Sarah, recently celebrated 25 years of service to the Brownstone Brooklyn Jewish community with a gala dinner and silent auction held at the Picnic House in Prospect Park.
Highlighted at the event were Chabad’s many accomplishments, especially in the areas of Early Childhood education, social services, and construction of the magnificent Park Slope Mikvah.
Honorees at the dinner were long-time friends of Chabad, Drs. Harvey, Allan and David Dosik along with Dr. Lederman of the nearby Methodist Hospital.
They were acknowledged and thanked for their commitment to the Jewish community in Brooklyn and for all they do at New York Methodist Hospital.
Michelle and J.J. Berney, parents of two children attending Chabad’s Chai Tots preschool, were honored for their outstanding commitment to the growth and success of Chai Tots.
The Berneys thanked Chabad’s Chai Tots preschool for its superb education of the community’s Jewish children. “The love for Yiddishkeit that the dedicated teachers instill in our children remains with us for a lifetime, and, positively impacts the entire family.”
Sarah Hecht, Director of the Chai Tots Preschool, acknowledged the success. “It is amazing to see from a Mommy and Me consisting of 3-4 Jewish children in our living room 20 years ago, to the growth of what Chai Tots has become today.
“How many lives were touched, how many hundreds of children throughout the years educated in a Jewish atmosphere, gives us all tremendous amount of pride and joy! We look forward with G-Ds help to continued growth, success, and expansion”, Mrs. Hecht concluded.
The crown of Chabad in Brooklyn’s achievements is, undoubtedly, the construction of a new and luxurious Mikvah to service the many families in the Brownstone Brooklyn region. The renowned Drizin family was honored and thanked for their generosity towards this project.
They dedicated the Sara Drizin Campus in honor of the Bubbe of the family. The campus will house Park Slope’s first women’s Mikvah, a number of Hachnosas Orchim suites, a men’s Mikvah, and administrative offices.
Mr. Zevi Drizin, a close supporter of Chabad of Park Slope, thanked his parents for their exemplary philanthropy, and, for helping so many Chabad institutions around the world.
He expressed his appreciation to his parents for being living examples of Baalei Chessed and Baalei Tzedakah. Zevi described to the dinner guests how it was Rabbi Hecht’s enthusiasm and legendary energetic commitment to all aspects of Yiddishkeit that was the catalyst for him to become involved in this vital project.
The dinner and silent auction fundraiser was a huge success. It raised $300,000 that will be used for the building of the new beautiful mikvah, and to further spread the growth of Chabad’s activities in the Brownstone Brooklyn region.
Rabbi Hecht gave gratitude to Hashem for the expansion of all the eight Chabad Centers opened in the Brownstone Brooklyn area, as well as the three Chai Tots schools now operating , and filled to capacity.
“The Rebbe’s brochos are evident in what we have accomplished up until this point. We humbly trust that we will merit additional brochos to enable us to fulfill the Rebbe’s mission of preparing our region for Kabolas P’nei Moshiach”, said Rabbi Hecht.