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Rabbi Shachter and Family Moved By Seeing Chabad’s LifeTown in New Jersey

After a visit to the Friendship Circle LifeTown in Livingston, NJ, Rabbi Shay Schachter, leader of Young Israel of Woodmere, was so moved he brought his extended family including his parents, Rabbi Hershel and Shoshanah Schachter, back for a tour. Full Story

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Mivtziom Route
November 22, 2022 6:54 pm

I have the Zchus to have started the first Mivtzoim Route in Livingston and West Orange when they were desolate. In 1981.
Beruch Hashem, it is amazing to see my results.
I remember S. Barnebes Hospital. Harav Gordon was the Chaplain.
Bracha veHatzlacha to all there now.

I go there now
Reply to  Mivtziom Route
November 22, 2022 7:22 pm

I go on that route now
that’s crazy that you still remember

NJ and Proud
November 22, 2022 8:59 pm

To call WO and Livingston desolate in 1981 shows a real lack of understanding of the area.
So many Jews , thriving shuls etc etc etc

ADF
Reply to  NJ and Proud
November 22, 2022 9:39 pm

I grew up there. Back then. The shuls and torah community were pretty small back then with little infrastructure. Desolate may be a bit much but it was far from robust

West Orange roots
Reply to  ADF
November 23, 2022 8:06 am

I must disagree.
Robust means strong and healthy, and the shuls in both towns were definitely strong and healthy. It does a disservice to the communities to depict them any other way.

My mivtzoim route
November 23, 2022 4:10 am

1984 – 1986, would walk the streets, stores and office’s practically every Friday. No visible yiddishkeit. I recall a restaurant with a Jewish name, not kosher obviously. We were once stuck there for shabbos because of a snow storm, so we slept, ate and learned in the young Israel shul where rabbi kazinetz is/was rabbi.

HYA
November 23, 2022 7:20 am

Same. I grew up in the Morristown area, and although communities then, in general weren’t robust like today, WO in the late 70’s+ had a few shuls, a bakery, pizza shop, fleishig place, mishmar, area day school (that I went to). Desolate, it was not, but didn’t have Chabad centers.

YeShiva university- Close relationship, Chabad
November 23, 2022 5:52 pm

Rav Schachter’s שליט׳א Was Close תלמיד to Rav YB Solivaichick, he has many stories between Lubavitch and the Rav

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