Over the last week, four large events held in honor of Gimmel Tammuz and aimed at each individual segment of the Manchester Jewish Community made a huge impact.
In the weeks leading up to Gimmel Tammuz, The JLI Paradigm Shift Course was taught by Rabbi Levi Cohen on two tracks, one for Anash and another for the wider community.
On Tuesday night 26 Sivan, the Chasidishe and Litveshe communities of Manchester came together at the Apirion Hall, to hear Rabbi Aron Dovid Ganz from Morristown who farbrenged for hours inspiring and illuminating them with new concepts from chassidus and the Rebbe.
A special teshura – the newest perek of Tanya from Chassidus Mevu’eres – was printed and given out at the event. During Rabbi Ganz stay he gave a Shiur Nigleh in Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester and at the “Start Your Day The Torah Way” daily morning shiur in the Machzikei Hadas Shul. The event was organized by Eli Nochum Block, Shliach at Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester.
On Shabbos Parshas Chukas, a Shabbos HaChona Farbrengen/Seudas Shabbos was held in Beis Menachem for both Men and Women with Rabbi Yossi Chazan, who farbrenged with Anash on how to prepare for Gimmel Tammuz. Taking advanrage of the long Summer Shabbos afternoons, the farbrengen lasted into early evening. The farbrengen was organized by R’ Shmuli Giffen and R’ Dovid Pink.
On Sunday evening, 1 Tammuz, at an “An Evening of Music & Inspiration in Tribute to the Lubavitcher Rebbe” by L’chaim Chabad Lubavitch, almost five hundred men and women from the wider Jewish Community came together in Heaton Park Shul to pay tribute and connect with the Rebbe. The program included an explanation on four niggunim followed by a rendition of each niggun by world class Chazan Yossi Muller. The Keynote speaker, introduced by David Berkley QC, was Manchester born Ambassador Yehuda Avner who shared his personal recollections with the crowd.
The new JEM video was shown which brought tears to many people.
Rabbi Daniel Walker, Rabbi of Heaton Park Shul, masterfully chaired the evening, The recital of Tehillim was led by Rabbi Benjy Simmonds, Rabbi of Stenecourt Shul followed by a heartfelt Acheinu Kol Beis Yisroel sung by Chazan Yehuda Marks of Heaton Park Shul. Dayan Yitzchok Berger, Av Beis Din of the Manchester Beis Din and Rabbi Avrohom Jaffe of Kahal Chassidim Lubavitch Shul spoke. Rabbi Dovid Yackov Lewis closed the event.
On Monday night, 2 Tammuz, a special guest from Eretz Yisroel Rabbi Yosef Y Chitrik of Safed, farbrenged for Anash in Beis Menachem, a farbrengen which will be remembered and treasured for years to come. Rabbi Chitrik in his unique style was me’orer Anash in real hiskashrus. A special thank you to R’ Dovid Pink for arranging the Farbrengen.
During Rabbi Chitrik’s short stay he also spoke for the Nshei Chabad, and gave a Shiur in Inyonei Geula and Moshiach in the Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester and at the “Start Your Day The Torah Way” daily morning shiur in the Machzikei Hadas Shul.