By COLlive reporter
Members of the Feiglin family of Australia dedicated 3 kindergartens in the holy city of Tzfas last week, as part of their generous ongoing support of the local Chabad Kindergarten Network.
R’ Mottel and Esther Feiglin were warmly greeted by the network’s director, Shliach Rabbi Aharon Eliezer Ceitlin, Tzfas City Manager Moshe Ohayon and the educational staff of the network that serves over 1,000 students.
Accompanying the Feiglins on their visit were their sons, Eli and Joseph, as well as R’ Mottel’s brother-in-law and sister, Zev and Gila Slonim, residents of Moshav Tzofim.
Their first stop was at a kindergarten dedicated to R’ Mottel’s father, Rabbi Shmuel Feiglin OBM, the youngest son famous Chassid, Rabbi Moshe Zalman Feiglin OBM, who passed died on Tisha B’Av 5773.
Appropriately named Gan Nechama (comfort), this kindergarten is attached to another Gan that has long been dedicated in loving memory of R’ Shmuel’s wife, Mrs. Devorah Feiglin OBM, and called Ohel Devorah.
“As the two Ganim are now attached under one roof, the entire building is now dedicated to honor the memory of the Feiglin name,” said Rabbi Ceitlin, who held a long long and warm friendship with the Feiglins.
Children enthusiastically reciting the 12 Pesukim established by the Rebbe and delighted the guests with songs. Ohayon expressed appreciation for “the tremendous support that the Feiglin family has provided for City’s important educational institutions.”
R’ Mottel Feiglin spoke with emotion about the privilege to support “such pure children in the holy city of Safed, a place in which it is well known and documented that the Rebbe invested so much energy into developing Shlichus and to growing future Shluchim.”
Before being honored with unveiling the new placards, Feiglin mentioned the mesiras nefesh of his illustrious grandfather, the first Lubavitcher chossid to settle in Australia in 5672/1912).
“Their memory is an inspiration to the continue our important work and teaching 1,000 children Torah and Mitzvos,” Rabbi Ceitlin said.
The Feiglin family continued to Gan Yardenna, where they sponsored the expansion of the building to accommodate additional children.
On the wall of the kindergarten they spotted a mural that replicates the Ohel Devorah Chabad center in Melbourne, supported by the Feiglins. The mural depicts dancing Chassidim, with an expression of great joy.
Their final stop was at the Gan of Assi Ben Chamo, which was dedicated in the honor of the R’ Moshe Zalman. Here too, the Feiglin family was met with great enthusiasm, singing children who also presented the 12 Pesukim and festive refreshments shared with the Gan teachers, staff and children.