Kinus 82
  • Bayonne Chabad Covered in the Press on a Positive Note

    For more than two years, a movement in Hasidic Orthodox Judaism known as Chabad has been expanding in Bayonne. Knowing that many modern Jews living in the area are unaffiliated and the traditional synagogues are struggling to survive, Chabad goes into the community and performs outreach. Article courtesy of  Full Story

    For more than two years, a movement in Hasidic Orthodox Judaism known as Chabad has been expanding in Bayonne. Knowing that many modern Jews living in the area are unaffiliated and the traditional synagogues are struggling to survive, Chabad goes into the community and performs outreach.

    “It’s an outreach to Jews who maybe need some extra help with religious observance,” said Rabbi Yisrael Bennish, 32, co-director of Chabad of Bayonne with his wife, Shulamis Bennish, 28.

    They do not own any buildings and host synagogue services and other programs in their midtown Bayonne home, though they do not advertise the address. People learn the location when they respond to some outreach, the rabbi said.

    And they are always active with a variety of groups, including a children’s club, a teen club, a women’s group and a group for young professionals. They offer classes on “Kitchen Koshering” and do food package distributions. Their Chevrah Kadisha contingent assures that bodies are properly prepared for Jewish burial.

    The Chabad also offers bar/bat mitzvah instruction for teenage boys and girls. They perform circumcisions and visit the sick in hospitals.

    “The Chabad House Center (their home) offers everything Jewish for all boys and girls – all their needs,” Rabbi Bennish said.

    But COVID has also forced them to change their approach. CKids intends to make children’s events engaging and meaningful as they did with the recent Tu B’Shvat Gummy Shop, a holiday event that celebrated fruit. A gummy kit was available for purchase to take home so the children could join a ZOOM call online and assemble a work of art with guidance from the rabbi.

    The rabbi said some Jews go to their synagogue as well the Chabad.

    “We are friends with everyone,” he said. “I do not think we are in competition.”

    He said the same about the historic Jewish Community Center on Kennedy Boulevard, which typically offers Jewish programs. He noted, for example, that the JCC offers a pre-school, which the Chabad does not.

    The Chabad has engaged about 150 families who interact with it on a regular basis, Rabbi Bennish said. Their High Holy Day services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the upcoming Passover, later this month, draw the most participants.

    The rabbi and his wife also make home visits.

    Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as “the Rebbe”, is the leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The organization is the largest Jewish organization in the world today.

    The name “Chabad” is an acronym for Chochmah, Binah, Da’at (wisdom, understanding and knowledge), three levels they strive for. The name “Lubavitch” is taken from the name of the Russian village Lyubavichi, where the movement’s leaders lived for over 100 years.

    Schneerson teaches that Jews could hasten the arrival of the Messiah if they practiced the traditions laid out in the Hebrew Bible and interpreted by the rabbis in the Talmud and other classical texts. It took root in the U.S. in the 1950s with Brooklyn as the epicenter. Under Schneerson’s leadership, the Lubavitch movement opens hundreds of centers, known as Chabad Houses, around the world where Jews could study, pray, receive social services and learn about Judaism. Other Chabads exist in Hoboken and Jersey City.

    Rabbi Bennish, who is from Michigan, and his wife, from Minnesota, met at rabbinical college in Brooklyn. They have two children, and Shulamis works part time as administrative director at My Little Gan preschool in Hoboken.

    The Chabad’s next big event is prepping for Passover, which begins on March 27 this year. Still working creatively because of the pandemic, they are preparing packages with the six ingredients needed to have a seder at home. They accept donations for it.

    “The greatest joy I get is when I see people enjoy their Judaism,” the rabbi said.

    And he and his wife make sure they do.


    Tags: ,

    Related Posts:

    *Only proper comments will be allowed
  • Event Calendar

  • Tuesday, Oct 27th, Wedding – Shlome Wolvovsky – CH & Rochel Leah Matusof – Madison, WI @ Oholei Torah
  • Thursday Oct 29th Wedding: Devorah Bennish – Detroit & Mordechai Rubin – London @ Royalty House, MI
  • Sunday, Oct 25th, Sholli Miller – Chicago, IL & Batya Korf – Miami Beach, FL @ Bais Rivka 310 Crown Street
  • Thursday, Oct 22 Wedding: Chaim Boruch Bar-Chaim – CH & Shoshana Pimentelli – CH/TX @ Oholei Torah
  • Thursday, Oct 22 L’Chaim: Sruli Finck – CH & Chaya Mangel – Dayton, OH @ Chovevei Torah 885 Eastern Parkway
  • Tuesday, Oct 20th Wedding: Dovid Kaminetzky – Melbourne, AU & Chaya Okunov – Crown Heights @ Oholei Torah
  • Monday Oct 19 L’Chaim: Ari (Aaron) Levertov – Crown Heights & Debby Rabinowicz – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Choivevey Torah
  • Monday, Oct 19 2015 Wedding: Mendy Zippel – Salt Lake City, UT & Fraidy Shagalov – Crown Heights @ Oholei Torah
  • Sunday 18th Oct. L’Chaim: Chananya Niassoff – CH & Tzirl Brennan – CH @ Bais Rivkah Crown St
  • Sunday Oct 18th – Wedding: Mendy Edelman – Crown Heights & Sara Lozenik – Miami, FL @ Oholei Torah
  • Tehilim

  • Urgent Tehillim Needed
  • Dov Chaim Ben Rivkah
  • Tzvi Hirsch Ben Guttel
  • Charna Alexandra bas Chana Esther
  • Ettie Bas Alte Miriam
  • Zissel Yehudis Bas Masha
  • Chaim Yosef Yitzchok Ben Sarah Elka
  • Devorah Bas Sarah
  • Boruch Ben Sarah
  • DovBer Ben Dina
  • Lost and Found

  • Lost Men’s Heavy Black Winter Jacket Size Large in 770
  • Lost in 770 before Pesach, a black Bradley Jons long coat size 38R. No lining and no belt. Almost brand new! Please call zalman at 347-788-0749
  • Found black hats outside 770, behind the Hatzalah ambulance
  • lost – Chitas bearing a blessing to Shmuel from Sarge. (Sargent Zvi Fisher z..l.v) [email protected] or +1-7869427070
  • LOST: in 770 a black Lenovo Intel core i5 laptop in a dark grey laptop bad together with a WD hard drive, if found please call Zalmy 347-788-0749
  • Found: Maroon Chitas
  • Found: Bag of Clothes
  • Found: Leather-Bound Pink Siddur
  • Lost: Box with Mini Shas from YSP
  • Lost: Rose Gold Bangle/Bracelet
  • Classifieds

  • Cook position for a local Mosad
  • Looking for a cook/kitchen manager
  • Administrator for a local Mosad Experience a must, and preferbiligual a bonus [email protected]
  • Looking for a cook/kitchen manager Experience a must. [email protected]
  • ‘Beis Mosiach’s’ to give away for free
  • Private Rooms for Men
  • Newly renovated Basement for rent
  • Judaica Store in Crown Heights is Looking to Hire
  • Looking for Work? Opportunity available, for a quick & efficient typist in Williamsburg. For more info: 201-800-1774
  • Lost in 770 Last Week: Transparant Bag of Tefillin, Rashi, R”T, Chitas – in black/grey 770 pouches