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    • Stephen Simons
    • 22.04.13 | 15:57 (IDT)

    In the three years that I have been involved with Chabad of Portland .Me, I have witnessed conversions to Judaism after intense preparation and participation in worship and communal activities; I have seen non-observant Jews attend morning minyan twice a week as well as Shabbat services; I have seen Jews who never knew of tefillin pray with tefillin daily, and a rise in a small community of Sabbath observance. Yes, the hospital and nursing home visits are daily matters, including walking to hospitals on Shabbat afternoons; traditional Shabbat, Melavah malkah and holiday meals are open to all, and large holiday celebrations are presented for the broader community. Matzah factories, megillah readings and Purim parties and meals are held in rented facilities for the general Jewish community; lonely people are not only taken care of but brought into a larger community where they make friends who jointly observe. Finally, arrangements are made to help children attend Yeshivot while at the same time programs are presented to the local day schools. In this small community of Portland Maine, the Chabad rabbi and family provide many means of access to Jewish life and observance while maintaining positive relationships with the non-Orthodox , hierarchal synagogues and institutions.

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    First published 13:04 21.04.13 | Last updated 13:04 21.04.13
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