By COLlive reporter
Reeling from the horrific news of the untimely and sudden passing of Georgia Shlucha Rashi Minkowicz obm, the Jewish community in North Fulton gathered on Wednesday night to give each other strength.
The suburban community of Atlanta which she served since 1998 has received the news of the passing in utter shock, having been personally influenced by Mrs. Minkowicz, who took an active role in leading Chabad activities such as Hebrew School, summer camp, a Mikvah and holiday programs.
250 community members were joined by Chabad Shluchim from throughout the state, rabbis and a cross section of the Jewish community of greater Atlanta in a gathering to strengthen each other in this time of tragedy.
The event was held at the request of her husband, Shliach Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz, who was in New York for the funeral. He requested that the event not be a memorial but a gathering of chizuk – community support during this difficult time.
Opening the event was Rabbi Yossi New, Head Shliach of Georgia, who emotionally said that “asking ‘why?’ is an exercise in futility. What the Torah teaches us, is to ask ‘how,'” he said. “How do I reach out to the Minkowicz family and offer solace, strength and support?”
Another speaker was Jocelyn Schorvitz, who spoke through her tears about her close friendship with Rashi Minkowicz, with whom she and her family spent birthdays, simchas and holidays, and who gave her “strength, direction, focus and guidance.”
Schorvitz pointed out that while Rabbi Minkowicz is a great leader, “Rashi is the backbone of this community.”
She asked for the community’s help in continuing Rashi Minkowicz’s work. “Don’t let the hard work Rashi has worked for, crumble,” she said. “Let’s all pledge to put in our time, real time, to keep the community blooming to honor Rashi’s memory. Let her children see and be proud of what she accomplished.”
That sentiment of continuing Rashi Minkowicz’s work was echoed in an email her 14-year-old son sent to COLlive on Thursday evening, in which he had a personal request for the community.
“In honor of my mother, I want to ask all of you to help my father with the campaign for our new Shul,” wrote Mendel Minkowicz. “My mother would be very happy if she saw this. Please help, and it will be in my mother’s honor.”
As a young Shliach, Mendel said while he cleared his public message with his father, “I want this to be a surprise so he will be so happy.”
Chabad of North Fulton has already begun their capital campaign to build on a property that has been purchased. The Mikvah has been built, and they have been raising money to build an adjacent center.
The building will be built to house the ongoing Chabad activities, with a large multi-purpose room which will be used as a Synagogue, assembly room and social hall. There will also be a teen lounge, two kitchens (meat and dairy), classroom wing (for the camp, Sunday school, preschool), and outdoor play area.
To help with the building campaign and honor Rashi Minkowicz’s memory by helping to build a permanent structure to ensure the continuation of her work, visit Chabad NF’s Building Campaign site. Or, visit ChabadNF.org.