Chabad Of Southern Somerset County, an RCA affiliate, To Celebrate Four Incredible Years With A Gala Dinner

When we have a vision, incredible things can happen. Hearts are touched, minds are inspired, and hands clasp to slowly change the world. In 2002, a handful of people dreamed, linked arms, and continued to envision, to create, and to make a difference.

In the past four years Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County has established a dynamic center, which is an island of acceptance and tolerance, regardless of background or affiliation.

Whether it’s educating children, visiting the sick and elderly, counseling the troubled or enlightening the disillusioned, Chabad’s work touches hundreds of lives on a daily basis. Chabad indiscriminately helps people - young and old, Jew and Gentile - helping them to be more principled, more focused and thus more productive­ members of society.

Chabad’s fourth anniversary in the Southern Somerset County area will be celebrated with an elegant and unique Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, December 20th, 2006, at the Somerset Marriott Hotel in Somerset, NJ.

This is a very important event for the Chabad Jewish Center. Many people are not aware that Chabad is somewhat unique when it comes to funding programs. They don’t charge a synagogue membership fee, assess a building fund commitment or sell High Holiday seats. They survive and thrive on the basis of free will giving.

Says Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky, the center’s spiritual leader: “We are indeed fortunate to have been blessed with many individuals and families who, on their own and without solicitations, have come forward to help fund our wonderful programs. Our operations budget, which now exceeds $180,000, is covered by such generous contributions.”

“It is indeed a testament to our community that we do all that we do without formal financial income.”  Rabbi Krinsky says. “With God’s help, we can continue to function as we have in the past. However, in order to grow and serve the increasing needs of our community, we must have an annual event to bring in the necessary funds.”

According to Rabbi Krinsky a committee was formed to reconcile the competing values, to balance this sensitivity in charging for services with the desire to keep pace with the community’s growing needs. The committee decided to orchestrate a Founders’ Dinner as a way of thanking those who have helped this institution over the past four years, and also as a means of raising the needed funds to benefit the religious, educational and social service­ programs of Chabad of Southern Somerset County.

This Dinner honors the vision, the visionaries, and those who translate this vision into reality. Thus, special tribute will be paid to: Paul V. Stahlin, President and CEO - Somerset Valley Bank, and a resident of Montgomery Township; Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi, former Hillsborough mayor.

Tickets for the evening are $180 per person. There is also an opportunity to advertise in the beautiful ad journal the Chabad Center will be printing in honor of this occasion. For more information or to request a formal invitation please call 908-874-0444, or email Chabad@myjewishcenter.org. Or log on to www.myjewishcenter.org/dinner.