Some of the best food at this year’s New Hartford Day was that available at the Chabad Lubavitch stand. Making its appearance for the first time at our local community celebration, this stand drew the NHPlus’ crew attention not only for its fine ethnic food but also for the sound of the shofar which could be heard intermittently throughout the day. A conversation with Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach led to our inviting him to keep us informed of Chabad’s programs. The following are two press releases we have received to date.
Chabad Lubavitch Offers NW CT’s only FREE Hold High Holiday Services
Chabad of NW CT holds Northwest Connecticut’s only free prayer services and programs during the Jewish High Holidays in Litchfield, CT. “We welcome all, regardless of background or affiliation, to a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere,” said Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach.
This year the dates for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were the following: Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday at sunset till Friday at sunset, Sept. 28-30, and Yom Kippur, Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset, October 7. See a complete listing of Jewish holidays in 2011.
Chabad recognizes that not all understand and pray in Hebrew, so the prayer books (Siddurim) have both Hebrew and English. The prayers are led in Hebrew and English, with explanations, anecdotes, stories, humor and song to ensure an optimal spiritual experience.
There is a Chassidic proverb: “A small hole in the body is a big hole in the soul.” Chabad nourishes the body as well as the soul. Kiddush follows all Rosh Hashanah prayers, and a “Break-the-Fast” is served at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
There is also a children’s program during all of the services, led by experienced young men and women, who ensure that children have an enjoyable and meaningful experience at the synagogue.
There are no membership fees or prior affiliation needed to attend prayer services. Hebrew-English prayer books are provided. Seats for the High Holidays celebrations may be reserved on the Chabad website or by calling 800-297-6864.
Chabad Hosts “Loaves of Love” Mega Challah Bake
On Sunday September 25, 2011, Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, NW CT women & girls joined together for an afternoon of food, fun, and friendship. Participants were invited to bake a fresh Challah-bread for themselves, as well as an additional one for a friend who might need a “lift.” The women chose from a variety of recipes and made the dough from scratch. Then, they braided and shaped the Challah loaves. Finally, participants chose from a variety of toppings to garnish their bread.
Dubbed “Loves of Love,” the event was sponsored by The Chabad Woman’s circle and was held at the Chabad Lubavitch Community Center in Litchfield.
During the program, Chabad launched a new Challah Party Initiative. Quite simply, anyone who wishes to host a baking event just gathers their friends and Chabad will do the rest!
“Baking Challah is an age old tradition practiced by women all the way back to the Matriarch Sarah,” says Mina Eisenbach, director of The Woman’s Circle. “It is so beautiful to get together with women from the entire community to share this special tradition with others.”
“We are delighted to join in such a wonderful program that brings women together and allows us to give back to those in need,” says Sherri Biamonte from Litchfield CT.
The Woman’s Touch is a unique Jewish women’s league that hosts social and educational programs adding meaning and excitement to the many holidays and rituals.
Interested in hosting your own Challah baking party? You bring your friends and we do the rest! Or for more information about the next “Loaves of Love” please call Mina Eisenbach at 860-567-3609, or log on to www.ChabadNW.org/WOMEN
For more information about Chabad Lubavitch of NW Connecticut please visit www.chabadnw.org.