A special event celebrated the 5th anniversary since the founding of Chabad of Jamaica, directed by Shluchim Rabbi Yaakov and Mushkee Raskin.
Holocaust survivor Mrs. Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne Frank, spoke at the event, telling her inspiring and life-affirming story of survival and escape from the Nazis in WWII.
Eva reminded participants that life is precious and fragile, that the spirit is stronger than fear, that the power of good is immeasurable, and that love, dignity, and respect make a difference in bringing communities together.
Just before the event, Jamaica’s Governor-General, The Honorable Sir Patrick Allen 2, issued a proclamation proclaiming the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Hebrew birthday (this year on April 16, 2019) as Education and Sharing Day in Jamaica.
“There was no better time to receive such a proclamation, just in time for the event, which was all about tolerance, kindness, and education,” said Rabbi Raskin, Director of Chabad of Jamaica and Chief Rabbi. “This is a historic time – the first Education Day in Jamaica’s history,” Rabbi Raskin said.
Rabbi Raskin encouraged all 1,000 participants gathered to take the message of the Rebbe’s life, of education and sharing, and to celebrate April 16, 11 Nissan, as a day of kindness and growth.