By COLlive reporter
Photos by Omri Peri
A farbrengen in the sukkah of Shlucha Sarah Kaplan in Tzfas marked the birthday of her late husband, Rabbi Leibel Kaplan OBM, who served as the Head Shliach of the northern Israeli city and a prominent Chabad official in Israel.
Tzfas Mayor Shuki Ohana and his deputy Dani Chazan were among the dozens who participated in the farbrengen that lasted for hours, following the outdoor Simchas Beis Hashoeiva celebration.
Leading the farbrengen was his son and successor Rabbi Chaim Kaplan, joined by fellow Shliach Rabbi Yossi Chitrik, Rabbi Asi Spiegel, and Rabbi Kaplan’s sons-in-law Rabbi Sholom Ber Hertzel of Chabad in Ramat Hagolan and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Wolff of Chabad in Ashkelon.
Rabbi Kaplan was tragically killed in 1998 by a truck in Russia on his way to Minsk, Belarus, to attend the groundbreaking of a new Lubavitch center there. He was 50 years old. The continued growth of Chabad in Tzfas and many other cities is credited to his dedicated efforts.