Members of the Crown Heights community joined the family of Rabbi Mendel Baumgarten for an event Monday evening to mark the Shloshim – 30 days since his passing.
Rabbi Baumgarten, patriarch of a large Lubavitcher family, was known as a devoted Chosid, who had an open home and hosted many guests.
His home was nicknamed “Avraham Avinu’s house” for the open and hospitable approach that he, together with his wife, Nechama obm, had to many visitors for many years.
People from all walks of life, including future baalei teshuva, visiting the Rebbe at Lubavitch Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway, lodged at the Baumgarten’s warm home, which inspired many to build a Chassidic family of their own.
At the gathering which was held at the Kahal Chassidim Shul, also known as the Baumgarten Shul, where Rabbi Baumgarten davened for over 50 years, his fellow Shul members and family members spoke of his dedication to the Rebbe’s directives and his great discipline as a devoted Chosid.
Speakers spoke about Rabbi Baumgarten’s great influence among those he encountered, and what a great inspiration he was to all that came in contact with him.