The Tannenbaum Chabad House in Evanston, Ill., celebrated 29 years of service at a gala event on Sunday, complete with dinner, an awards presentations and a concert, which proved especially popular with students of Northwestern University.

About 200 people attended the event honoring the Chabad center, which is directed by Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, and serves Northwestern students and faculty and members of the local community.

Celebrating with the attendees was Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana. He greeted the crowd and congratulated the Chabad House on its 29 years of service.

Honored at the event was Northwestern University Professor Yohanan Petrovsy-Shtern, who took time to speak about Chabad and Klein’s role with students. “He was instrumental in changing the Jewish ethos at Northwestern University. Rabbi Klein is Judaism on campus.

“If you ask me who is performing the function of Hillel the elder on campus, you know my answer. Rabbi Klein is a down-to-earth, unassuming, all embracing, and,” continued the professor jovially, “an exceptionally talkative rabbi and teacher.”

Andrew Borans, international director of the AEPi fraternity, which is known to attract Jewish students, noted Klein’s role not only at Northwestern, but on the international scene as well.

“He mentors many of our nearly 10,000 undergraduates each year,” said Borans.

And Elizabeth Tisdahl, the mayor of Evanston, said of the rabbi: “He is such an enthusiastic and brilliant character. The Chabad House is a ‘home away from home’ for a lot of Northwestern students.”

Gov. Rauner with Northwestern students and local community members at the event in Evanston, Ill.
Gov. Rauner with Northwestern students and local community members at the event in Evanston, Ill.
Gov. Rauner addresses the crowd with Illinois first lady Diana Rauner.
Gov. Rauner addresses the crowd with Illinois first lady Diana Rauner.
From left: Rabbi Avraham Kagan, Richard Goldberg, Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, and Gov. Bruce and Diana Rauner.
From left: Rabbi Avraham Kagan, Richard Goldberg, Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, and Gov. Bruce and Diana Rauner.
Students and graduates attended the gala dinner and accompanying program.
Students and graduates attended the gala dinner and accompanying program.