Rabbi Groner
770 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213

Dear Rabbi Groner,

On behalf of the parents OTSAR (“Jewish Advocacy for the Retarded”) and myself we would like to extend a personal invitation to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita to attend our first Milava Malke, 12 Adar, 5742. Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Dr. Immanuel Jakobovitz, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom.

Our friend and colleague, Dr. Robert Wilkes, has informed us that only recently one of his parents, Mrs. P. Gaffney together with Dr. G. Schwartz and Dr. Wilkes spoke at a Beth Rivka Parents association meeting in Crown Heights on December 8, 1981; and that the Lubavitch school principals from Brooklyn have been working closely with Rabbi Martin Schloss regarding workshops on ‘learning disabilities’ and ‘resource rooms’ for either Jewish or English studies or both.

It was on 22 Av, 5739 that Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, Shlita sent Dr. Wilkes a comprehensive and some prophetic statement that encourage all of us to increase our special sons and daughters in all aspects of Yiddishkeit. That letter was the beginning — the catalyst — which induced other Rabbis and communal leaders to take a public stand; and it was again the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, who sent us words of support and blessing when together with the Federation of Jewish philanthropies we conducted a historic major citywide conference on the needs of our Jewish developmentally handicapped. Once again we come to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, and the Lubavitch community to ask for your prayers, your concern, and your active participation.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Wilkes, who will, I'm certain, be ready and prepared to do whatever he can to facilitate your efforts. We hope and pray that our work on behalf of our special children willmerit the coming of Moshiach.

Respectfully yours,