By COLlive reporter
Photos: Lubavitch Archives
Many hundreds are expected to attend the Shloshim Memorial event paying tribute to the life and legacy of Head Shliach of California’s Valley and master teacher Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon, of blessed memory.
The event will take place on Monday night at 7:00 pm PST, at the headquarters of Chabad of the Valley in Tarzana, CA. Family members, friends and dignitaries will be sharing memories and reflections.
Many more will be joining the memorial via live broadcast to be aired on COLlive.com, beginning Monday 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
Over the past month, since Rabbi Gordon’s tragic passing, people have been coming forth with stories and memories of his incredible spirit of selflessness and dedication.
In his position as Director of Chabad of the Valley, Rabbi Gordon inspired an explosion of Jewish observance and activity in the greater San Fernando Valley, an area with a diverse Jewish population of more than 250,000.
From the days of the small house in Encino where Rabbi Gordon began his operations in 1973, twenty-six Chabad Houses now exist under the umbrella of Chabad of the Valley, each of them bursting with Jewish community and energy.
Despite presiding over an expanding network of Jewish activity, Rabbi Gordon was most beloved for his remarkable sensitivity to individuals and their unique challenges.
The stories being told are astonishing: from driving over to a sick woman’s home to help the baby, to chauffeuring children to Jewish schools in Los Angeles so that they would receive a Jewish education; to quietly disbursing funds from his own operating accounts to everyone from brides in need to organizations in crisis; Rabbi Gordon was man who filled a need when he saw it.
In what turned out to be the last few years of his life, Rabbi Gordon’s reach and impact grew exponentially when Chabad.org, the world’s largest Judaism website, began broadcasting his daily local Torah classes on their site. Over 5,000,000 views later, his classes continue to inspire and warm hearts and minds across the globe.
Organizers announced the creation of the “Rabbi Joshua B. Gordon Living Legacy Fund,” dedicated to perpetuating and expanding Rabbi Gordon’s lifelong work through his organization, Chabad of the Valley, bringing Judaism to life and teaching Torah to the world.
Following the Shloshim, an initial 24-hour Charidy Campaign drive with the aim of raising more than $1,000,000 to launch the fund will commence on Tuesday, March 8.
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