This Monday night, Rosh Chodesh Av/July 12, a massive community-wide rally for men will be held at Lake Terrace Hall in Lakewood on behalf of Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivkah Rubashkin. The special guest speaker at the event will be the Honorable Bob Barr, a former congressman and presidential candidate.
The greater Jewish community is still appalled by the excessive 27-year sentence handed down by Judge Linda Reade, and as the Rubashkin defense team continues to devote its efforts toward the appeal of the sentence, the Lakewood community will gather en masse to say Tehillim, hear divrei hisorerus, and receive an update on the case.
The event is being held with the endorsement and participation of the roshei yeshiva and rabbonim of the city, and will highlight the shocking saga in which a fellow Yid has been continually targeted. Tens of thousands around the country have already come out in support of Sholom Mordechai, and now Lakewood will hold its own second achdus event, which will feature noted speakers who will describe the pressing need for unified support.
The chairman of the event will be R’ Menashe Frankel. Divrei hisorerus will be delivered by Rav Ephraim Wachsman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Me’or Yitzchok of Monsey. Divrei bracha will be delivered by Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha. The gathering will also be addressed by Rav Pinchos Lipschutz, publisher of Yated Ne’eman, and R” Getzel Rubashkin, a son of Sholom Mordechai.
The guest speaker, Mr. Barr, is a high profile, forceful advocate demanding justice for Sholom Mordechai, having published articles and held press conferences highlighting the disparities evident in the prosecution of Sholom Mordechai and the subsequent sentencing.
Mr. Barr will address the gathering with an in-depth message pertaining to the travesty of justice and the appeal process that Sholom Mordechai is pursuing.