By COLlive reporter
The National Museum of American Jewish History is holding an online vote for the Jewish figures who will appear on the Only in America / Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame will be presented as a major gallery at the museum’s new 24,000-square-foot exhibition on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.
18 individuals will be chosen from 8 categories, such as arts, business, literature, religion, science and sports, as a representation of American Jewish life during the past 355 years.
Our dear Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, is included in the Religion and Thought section. We strongly recommend you vote even without choosing another person in the category (3 candidates can be voted in each category).
Voting closes on August 6. The museum will open its doors in the fall of 2010.
Here is what they wrote about the Rebbe:
“Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson-known by his followers as The Rebbe – was the seventh and last leader of Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hassidic movement dedicated to uniting the modern world with traditional and mystical teachings of Judaism.
“Born in Russia, Schneerson fled Europe for America with his family in 1941. He became the leader of Chabad-Lubavitch in 1950, upon the death of his father-in-law, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn.
“From his base in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe spent the next 44 years overseeing the remarkable growth of the Chabad movement and training of thousands of young Chabad rabbis and their wives for service around the globe as shluchim, or emissaries.
“After his death, the U.S. Congress awarded Schneerson a Congressional Gold Medal for his contributions as a moral leader.”
To vote – click here