By COLlive reporter
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress who is running for Governor of New York, was joined by Crown Heights residents for a visit to the Rebbe‘s Ohel in Cambria Heights, Queens on Sunday.
He was accompanied by a group of Crown Heights activists, including Yitzchok Rimler and Max Coen. They were joined by Director of Chabad of the Five Towns, Shliach Rabbi Zalman Wolowik. Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman joined as well.
After meeting in a private room, Zeldin put on tefillin and went to pray at the gravesite of the Rebbe. In addition, Zeldin stopped at the grave of Reb Schabse Gordon OBM, a Crown Heights community activist and philanthropist whose yartzeit fell out on that day.
Before writing a Pan – note, Zeldin was presented with a letter from the Frierdiker Rebbe which was written to his great-grandfather, R’ Moshe Efraim Zeldin, who Rep. Zeldin is named after.
The letter had been written by the Frierdiker Rebbe to his great-grandfather, thanking him for his great support of the Chabad Yeshiva system. The Frierdiker Rebbe then goes on to tell him that he is ‘Gezhe’ – from Lubavitch roots – and as such, he has an obligation to look after his own Lubavitcher brothers in the United States.
The Frierdiker Rebbe also said that he must continue to do more to support the Yeshivos, and assist Anash in staying close to Yiddishkeit, noting that great blessings come to those who support the Jewish community.
Rep. Zeldin was moved by the letter and said he would cherish it, noting that the letter praising his grandfather’s assistance to the Jewish Yeshivos is virtually the same as his stated mission to support the Yeshiva system of today.
Max Coen, who co chairs the Crown Heights Republican Committee said after the visit: “it is appropriate now more than ever, that we see how Congressman Zeldin has our back, and we need to show him we have his. Right now our communities are being attacked, and the only person who truly stands with us in New York State is Lee Zeldin. It is the responsibility of the community to go and vote for him.”