Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin will be returning soon to Lakewood, NJ, just a few weeks after visiting Rav Yeruchem Olshin and Rav Malkiel Kotler following his miraculous release from prison.
Reb Sholom Mordechai will be visiting the city as the guest of Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood, at whose annual dinner he will participate in a special panel along with several other guests. The event will serve as an opportunity for the community to join en masse in celebrating the simcha of his release.
The “Dinner Hahodaah” of Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood will take place on Motzoei Shabbos Parshas Yisro, February 3, at N’eemas Hachaim Hall.
Details of the event have been kept under wraps, but Matzav can report that the guest speaker is slated to be Rav Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe.
An elaborate zemiros portion of the program is being planned, including a special musical guest from Eretz Yisroel.
A section for women of the community is being arranged, so that all those who wish to participate can do so.
The connection between Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood – the renowned kupas tzedakah of the Torah city – and the Rubashkin family goes back many years, making the upcoming dinner the perfect venue for the long-awaited celebrating of his yeshuah.
The Rubashkin-Tomchei Shabbos connection spans a quarter of a century. The Rubashkin family, renowned for their many chesed activities, and Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood, the premier chesed organization serving Lakewood’s families for over 30 years, have been partners on many levels, enabling the most families to receive the maximum amount of assistance in a most dignified way. From arranging steeply discounted purchases of food items to advocating with companies to donate free items, from leveraging relationships to help meet the steep annual budget to many other acts of chesed, the Rubashkin family has been heavily involved in Tomchei Shabbos’ activities and has directly impacted thousands of Lakewood families and children.
When the idea of a Seudas Hoda’ah, to celebrate R’ Sholom Mordechai’s release from a harsh and unjust prison sentence, was discussed, Lakewood was the city of choice, as the Lakewood community, its Rabbanim, Askanim and residents, have been vocal supporters of Reb Sholom Mordechai from the very beginning of his saga. From the many letters of support he received from Lakewood residents to the behind-the-scenes activism spearheaded by Rabbi Pinchos Lipshutz of Yated Ne’eman together with other askanim from Lakewood and other places, Lakewood was always there for Reb Sholom Mordechai.
The dinner, which always draws a very large crowd, are preparing for an even larger-sized crowd, as multitudes of people are expected to come out to partake in this momentous occasion.
Reb Sholom Mordechai and Yated publisher Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz are expected to address the crowd and discuss some of the details of the past eight years