Note from Rabbi Shalom Ber Schapiro:
Sorry about the misunderstanding regarding the melaveh malka of the Frierdiker Rebbe, mentioned last night on our weekly program- THE STORY OF CHABAD IN AMERICA THROUGH THE MINDEL ARCHIVES
To clarify: The melaveh malka we spoke about, was arranged by the Frierdiker Rebbe’s supporters shortly after his arrival in America in 1940. This melaveh malka took place in some hall/shul in Brooklyn (not sure which one).
In passing, I also referred to a PREVIOUS melaveh malka in 1939, which the American supporters had made, as a fundraiser, while the Rebbe was in Europe. The Rebbe’s supporters communicated with and supported the Rebbe while he was still in Europe. This previous melaveh malka, which took place “in the Jewish Center” (not clear which Jewish Center) – the Rebbe was notified about (he was in Europe at the time) and sent them a letter of thanks. This is the letter I made reference to – (we can assume that the supporters, seeing the Rebbe’s pleasure that they had made a melaveh malka fundraiser in the past, decided to do so again now,in 1940, with the Rebbe being present).
I hope this is clear.
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Rabbi Shalom Ber Schapiro