Lubavitch on the Palisades dinner
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Lubavitch on the Palisades dinner

Iris and Alon Avni, holding award, with Rabbi Mordechai and Malkie Shain, Rabbi Yitzchak and Naomi Gershovitz, and Rabbi Yossi and Bassi Katz, all of Tenafly. (Photos by Rafael Dayan Photography)
Iris and Alon Avni, holding award, with Rabbi Mordechai and Malkie Shain, Rabbi Yitzchak and Naomi Gershovitz, and Rabbi Yossi and Bassi Katz, all of Tenafly. (Photos by Rafael Dayan Photography)

The Lubavitch on the Palisades’ 20th annual gala, held on January 10, was called “Hakhel — Assemble the Men, the Women, and the Children.” More than 300 people were at the celebration, which honored Iris and Alon Avni, Ilena and Dennis Kalter, and Sharon and Uri Shichor.

Ilena and Dennis Kalter, left, and Sharon and Uri Shichor
Ilena and Dennis Kalter, left, and Sharon and Uri Shichor

Everyone who was there was given a personalized envelope with a dollar bill and a mitzvah pledge card. The dollar was to be passed on to someone in need or to be used for a good cause. The pledge card was to be used for mitzvot, including lighting Shabbat and holiday candles, adding more time to prayer or attention to kashrut observance, supporting a Jewish child’s education, attending a Torah class, or lending a hand to someone in need.

“Seeing over 300 people, celebrating together and seriously committing to taking on a mitzvah was incredible,” Rabbi Mordechai Shain, executive director of Lubavitch on the Palisades, said.

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