Eighty years ago, a little boy of eight days old wore a lace trimmed white outfit to a grand Bris and was named Shmuel Eliyahu after his grandfather, who was the gabbai of Collel Chabad.
The Rebbe Rayatz was visiting America at that time. Reb Chaim Elchonon, the father of the baby, asked the Rebbe Rayatz to be the Sandik at the bris – and the Rebbe accepted.
The Rebbe Rayatz came to the Bris, accompanied by a group of Chassidim.
During the seudah an appeal was made for the Rebbe’s mosdos and for Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim – United Lubavitcher Yeshiva. Guests donated and the Bris was an even more joyous occasion.
The next day, the Morgen Jurnal, the Jewish newspaper of that time, reported about the Bris and the appeal that was made.
Eighty years later to the very day of the Bris, a Seuda took place to commemorate that special event the Friediker Rebbe distinguished with his presence.
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Fogelman‘s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gathered together for a birthday party.
The white lace outfit which Rabbi Fogelman wore at his Bris, while the Friediker Rebbe held him (and now used at every descendant’s Bris or Badeken), was on display. The outfit is now, eighty years, eight days old and counting.
At the party, an appeal was made once again, and all those that attended joined in donating money to the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, from the youngest grandchild at only six weeks old, to the elder friends and family members. The children donated singles, fives, and tens while the adults pledged hundreds in honor of Rabbi Fogelman on the eightieth anniversary of his Bris.
It seems that Rabbi Fogelman was destined from the very start to be involved in the holy mosad of the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, which he still does today.
If your life has been touched by Rabbi Fogelman, and you would like to honor him or if your life has been touched by the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva and you would like to help out the Yeshiva during these very trying times – donate any amount and you will be part of the education of the next generation and you will honor the Fredieker Rebbe’s wishes of 80 years ago.
Credit card donations can be called into the yeshiva at 718-434-0795.
Checks can be picked up from your home in Crown Heights at your convenience. Please call 718-434-0795.
Checks can also be mailed to: ULY Elem. Scholarship Fund, 841 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11230