Members of the Hecht family from around the world gathered Wednesday at Ohel Chabad Lubavitch in Cambria Heights for a Siyum and Seuda to commemorate 19th Yartzeit of Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Hecht OBM.
Speakers included his sons Rabbi Shimon Hecht, who made a siyum for the participants, Rabbi Shea Hecht.
A seudas mitzvah followed.
Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Hecht OBM was renowned as a beloved educator and leader, directing the National Committee for the Furthurance of Jewish Education – NCFJE in Crown Heights. He and his wife, Rebbetzin Chave Hecht, founded Camp Emunah, a Jewish camp for girls in the Catskills.
Rabbi Hecht was very close to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, expressing great love and devotion to his work, and this was something which was truly reciprocated by the Rebbe. Rabbi Hecht was like a child to him, and the love and the unity which they had was something that grew and flourished between them until his passing.