Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Dinner Tonight Marks 20 Years of Spreading Shmiras Halashon


chofetz-chaimFor the past 20 years, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has been teaching Jews around the world – men and women, young and old – the Chofetz Chaim‘s message of shmiras halashon. Today, there is no major Jewish community that has not been touched by its innovative programs, shiurim, school curricula, events and publications.

The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation is currently active in 19 countries around the world, comprising 400 Jewish communities, approximately 230 schools and 30,000 adults.

Tonight, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation will mark its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.

 A memorial dedication will pay tribute to Mrs. Lee Goodstein a”h, whose life reflected her deep devotion to the ideals of shmiras halashon and ahavas Yisroel. She was known for her joyful approach to life, her kind words and gracious warmth. Always seen with a siddur in hand, she set an example of unshakeable emunah for her family. Her daughter and daughter-in-law have followed in her footsteps. One is the organizer of a major shmiras halashon initiative on the Upper West Side, and the other has organized a similar program in Cedarhurst.

 Shloime Dachs, the well-known baal menagein, will be receiving the Ahavas Chesed Award in recognition of his unstinting willingness to utilize his many talents to help the organization.

 “Usually, organizations pursue people to help them,” says a CCHF spokesman. “But with Shloime Dachs it’s just the opposite. He pursued us to help in any way he could. He is a loyal supporter and a big baal chesed who is liked by all.”

 The Principal of the Year Award will be presented to Rabbi Dr. Harvey Horn, principal of the Yeshiva of North Jersey, who has enthusiastically embraced all of the CCHF’s programs right from the organization’s inception. He has made shmiras halashon a vital part of his school’s activities.

In recent years, the CCHF has turned a sharp focus to school programs, aiming to give every Jewish child this essential foundation for living a life of shalom and reaping the brachos that shmiras halashon brings.

“Since I learned from Wonderwords [a daily children’s telephone shiur/story] about the harshness of speaking lashon hara, I think twice before I talk. Thank you for this amazing hotline. I really enjoyed it and I am sure Hashem does too,” writes M. N, an 11-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona.

Whether through telephone shiurim, emails, CDs or printed material, tens of thousands of Jews access shmiras halashon learning on a daily basis. Thousands have found encouragement and inspiration through its Chazak Inspiration 24-hour telephone hotline, as well as practical information and uplifting hashkafa through its educational audio and printed materials.

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