Westlake honors influential rabbi
Westlake joined communities worldwide on April 7 in marking the 115th anniversary of the date of birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory.
Often described as the most influential rabbi in modern history, the Rebbe’s visionary efforts to reconnect Jews everywhere with their Jewish heritage have touched millions of lives and forever transformed the landscape of Jewish life. His teachings, which emphasized the inherent goodness of mankind, the infinite potential within every individual and the profound value of even the smallest good deed, inspired multitudes around and resonated globally.
Rabbi Schneerson was the only rabbi ever to receive the Congressional Gold Medal and to have an American national day proclaimed in his honor, Education and Sharing Day. His role within the Jewish community was unparalleled, both as a preeminent scholar and as an indefatigable leader.
In commemoration of the anniversary, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough proclaimed April 7, 2017, as “Education Day” in the city of Westlake and called on Westlake's “Educators, volunteers, and citizens to reach out to young people to create a better, brighter, more hopeful future,” the proclamation reads.
In keeping with the Rebbe’s lifetime goals and teachings, thousands of his followers and disciples around the world redouble their efforts at personal prayer and reflection and acts of loving kindness in preparation for the special date, as well as increase their personal and communal efforts to encourage others to do the same.