Monday, October 21, 2013
Press Release. Very Successful RCRF Dinner for Rachel Imeinu Yartzeit Commemoration
Renowned speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rietti paid tribute this week to the Jewish matriarch Rachel Imeinu at the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation’s 19th Annual Commemoration of her yartzeit. The senior Gateways lecturer, descendant of the Sephardic leader, the BenIsh Chai, and son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti, known as ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices’ and ‘King of the Dubbers’, gave a dramatic presentation on the relationship of Rachel Imeinu to the final geula. He spoke about how SHE, who made such selfless sacrifices on behalf of her sister Leah, will be there for BneiYisroel in those final moments before the final redemption, pleading with Hashem on their behalf. The lecture was but one of the highlights at the RCRF’s Annual Gala Dinner Commemorating Rachel Imeinu’sYartzeit on the 11th of MarCheshvan 5774 at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center in Brooklyn. The non-profit organization, which successfully lobbied the Knesset for armored buses to Rachel’s tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, also donated two sifreitorah to Kever Rachel, and eventually bought the building next door to the tomb, naming it BeitBnei Rachel. There it runs a Women’s Learning Center, Lecture Series, Simcha Hall, and Aliya Museum. At the fundraising dinner, which helps pay for RCRF’s activities at BeitBnei Rachel, the organization’s founder, Evelyn Haies, paid tribute to a host of honorees. Rabbi YechezkelPikus, the executive director of COJO of Flatbush, was honored with the Community Chessed Award, presented by longtime community activist Chaim Deutsch. Mitchell Shapiro, Esq, an award-winning lawyer, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation, was honored with the Rachel Imeinu Activist Award. The late Andrea Hana Haimowitz, who had been a longtime participant, and organizer of RCRF’s events at Kever Rachel, was honored posthumously for her work on behalf of the organization. Her mother, father, and brother accepted the Rachel Imeinu Memorial Recognition Award in her stead in what turned out to be a very moving ceremony. Other honorees included Mark Langfan, Esq.Chairman of AFSI , was introduced by Helen Freedman. He designed maps to present the Greater Israel necessity and legality. Stephen and Fran Epstein, a Brooklyn couple who built a Zionist Museum at Brooklyn’s Kingsway Jewish Center. The Young Leadership Award went to Esther Lamm, daughter of Russian refusniks, who is now the Director of Development at RAJE, where she is active building a strong alumni base and community for young Russian Jews. *****The Gala Buffet Dinner was capped off with a Jewish Mother’s Day Dessert Buffet, featuring an enormous Kever Rachel cake, and a very spirited kumzitz with radio host Dov Shurin, who roused the crowd with his electric guitar, singing lively songs about Rachel Imeinu, and of course, a crowd favorite, “Am Yisroel Chai”. *****Tax-deductible donations to Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation can be made to RCRF, 60 West End Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235. RCRF founder Evelyn Haies can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations make sure no one is turned away from celebrating their Bas Mitzvah, wedding, sheva brachos, britmilah, birthday, anniversary, memorial lecture, Rosh Chodesh shiurim, hafrashat challah classes, amen sessions, singles meet and mingle, open mike session sing ins and speak outs, tehillim therapy, art classes, and more at BeitBnei Rachel, inside the Kever Rachel’s Tomb Walled Complex.