This article was originally published on West Hartford News on July 11, 2016.
WEST HARTFORD >> On Monday, July 11, Chabad of Greater Hartford will be hosting Best Selling Author Rabbi Simon Jacobson at an evening of tribute to the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, marking the 22nd anniversary of his passing.
Jacobson’s best-selling book Toward A Meaningful Life (William Morrow ‘95) has to date sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech and Croatian.
Rabbi Simon Jacobson is also the founding dean of The Meaningful Life Center and publisher of the Yiddish English weekly, The Algemeiner Journal.
For over fourteen years Rabbi Jacobson served as the documenter and publisher of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s public talk.
Simon Jacobson has been interviewed extensively by major print media around the country, including CNN with Larry King, and the Charlie Rose Show. He has traveled and lectured in 200 cities in the United States and abroad and has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including a feature story on the CBS News Show, “The Best of Us.”
His presentation is titled “The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Vision, Making Judaism Relevant in 21st Century Life”.
Described as the most influential rabbi in modern history, the Rebbe’s pioneering efforts to reach out lovingly to every Jew and connect them with their Jewish heritage have touched millions of lives and forever transformed the landscape of Jewish life. His teachings about the inherent goodness of all mankind, and the infinite potential of every individual and each good deed, galvanized countless far and wide, and are increasingly studied.
In addition to his unparalleled role in the Jewish community as both a preeminent scholar and leader, the Rebbe was the only rabbi ever to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, and to have an American national day, Education and Sharing Day, proclaimed in his honor.
The Rebbe interacted with countless individuals from a wide array of backgrounds, including statesmen and artists as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel, and Bob Dylan, as well as countless “nameless” individuals who were each showered with his individual attention and love.
This event is a rare opportunity to learn about the scholarship and leadership of the Rebbe, up close and personal, from someone who worked behind the scenes for many decades.
The book will be available for sale and Rabbi Jacobson will be available for book signing following the presentation.
The event will be on Monday, July 11, 7:30pm at the Chabad House, 2352 Albany Avenue in West Hartford.
The event fee is $10 advance payment and $13 at the door.