Over 250 friends and supporters gathered this past Saturday evening, January 22, 2011, for a gala evening of dinner, entertainment, and tribute, celebrating the 19th anniversary of Chabad-Lubavitch of Riverdale, directed by Rabbi Levi Y. and Sorah Shemtov at the New York Botanical Garden. The honorees were Myrna and Eric Zinn, andPamela and Barry Moskowitz.
Myrna & Eric Zinn, the Guests of Honor, were honored for their support and commitment to Chabad and their selfless commitment to the welfare of the greater Jewish community. Eric Zinn spoke about the Chabad House's growth during the past 19 years and the impact that Chabad has on hundreds of people. He compared the worldwide Chabad movement to American Express, saying, “Every country, state, or city he and many other Jews come to, instead of looking for an American Express office, he looks for Chabad.” He continued, “There is no better branch than our local Chabad of Riverdale, directed by Rabbi Levi and Sorah
Pamela & Barry Moskowitz were honored as Parents of the Year. Their son, Kobe, attended the Chabad of Riverdale Early Learning Center, where their daughter, Mikela, is currently enrolled. Barry Moskowitz thanked the Shemtovs for Chabad's state-of-the-art preschool program.
The evening also included a video that recapped the history and activities of Chabad-Lubavitch of Riverdale for the past 19 years, and an emotional award presentation.
The crowd enjoyed the singing sensation by Father and Son Duo Moti and Yoni Zigelbaum accompanied by the Benshimon Orchestra.
The special warmth and love that is the trademark of Chabad made the evening a most memorable experience for the entire Riverdale community.
Chabad-Lubavitch of Riverdale thanks everyone that took part in making its 19th anniversary celebration the most successful ever.