A STANDING-ROOM only crowd of more than 150 community members gathered at Chabad of Western Monmouth County on May 1. The program featured a video message from Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway, Calif., who was one of three people injured in the April 27 attack. Speakers included Rabbi Avraham Bernstein of Chabad of Freehold, Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen, and Rabbi Boruch Chazanow, director of Chabad of Western Monmouth County.
Becoming proud Jews is the antidote to anti-Semitism, according to Chazanow, who encouraged people to perform good deeds.
Mitzvah pledge cards were handed out at the event. Attendees were asked to undertake or improve a Jewish practice such as attending Sabbath services, volunteering, and lighting Sabbath candles in memory of Lori Kaye, who was murdered in the attack. The signed pledge cards will be sent to Chabad of Poway.
Chabad of Western Monmouth County is affiliated with the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown.