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Hundreds Gather at Rabbi Schneur Zalman's Resting Place

Hundreds Gather at Rabbi Schneur Zalman's Resting Place

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The Havdalah ceremony at Heichal Admor Hazaken marked the conclusion of the Sabbath and the onset of the 200th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.
The Havdalah ceremony at Heichal Admor Hazaken marked the conclusion of the Sabbath and the onset of the 200th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

Haditch, Ukraine — To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, hundreds of visitors from around the world gathered this weekend at Heichal Admur Hazaken—the new synagogue, welcome center and mikvah inspired and made possible by the late philanthropist Sami Rohr.

On Shabbat and Sunday, visitors joined Rabbi Mendel Teichman, director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Haditch, and Rabbi Chaim Sholom Deitsch of the Tzemach Tzedek synagogue in Jerusalem for special prayer services and gatherings. At 10:30 Saturday night, the exact time that Rabbi Schnuer Zalman passed away 200 years ago on the 24th day of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar, the group said a special prayer on behalf of the Jewish people.

George Rohr, son of the late Sami Rohr, in whose name the new center was dedicated last month.
George Rohr, son of the late Sami Rohr, in whose name the new center was dedicated last month.

The new center was dedicated in last month in the memory of Sami Rohr. On hand for the inauguration at that time were his son, philanthropist George Rohr; Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement; Rabbi Meir Porush, head of Agudas Yisroel in Jerusalem; and Rabbi Teichman. Also in attendance were Chabad emissaries and members of Jewish communities from across the former Soviet Union.

After remarks by rabbinic dignitaries at last month's dedication ceremony, George Rohr was invited to unveil the new building. Following the inauguration, a festive dinner was held, during which he acknowledged the generosity of Heichal Admur Hazaken board members Rabbi David Meyer Bergman, Rabbi Yaakov Halperin and Rabbi Meir Stambler.

George Rohr, center, with rabbinic dignitaries, officially opened the building.
George Rohr, center, with rabbinic dignitaries, officially opened the building.
By Chabad.org Staff
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