Midnight minyan at HUMC
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Midnight minyan at HUMC

Chaim Blumenfeld, in his hospital gown, stands next to poet Yehoshua November, on his left, wearing a black hat. Rabbi Mendy Kaminker of Chabad of Hackensack stands at the far right, craning into the photo, and Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan of the Chabad Jewish Center of NWBC in Franklin Lakes, front right, takes the selfie. They are among the men who showed up for the midnight minyan. (Courtesy Chabad of Hackensack)
Chaim Blumenfeld, in his hospital gown, stands next to poet Yehoshua November, on his left, wearing a black hat. Rabbi Mendy Kaminker of Chabad of Hackensack stands at the far right, craning into the photo, and Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan of the Chabad Jewish Center of NWBC in Franklin Lakes, front right, takes the selfie. They are among the men who showed up for the midnight minyan. (Courtesy Chabad of Hackensack)

On August 22, Chaim Blumenfeld was involved in an accident on Route 208 near Franklin Lakes. Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan of the Chabad Jewish Center of NWBC in Franklin Lakes, whose wife had seen the accident and who stopped to help Mr. Blumenfeld, came to the site of the accident and then rode in the ambulance with Mr. Blumenfeld to Hackensack University Medical Center. On the way, Mr. Blumenfeld said that his mother had died just six months ago, and he was afraid that although he hadn’t missed saying kaddish for her yet, he’d be unable to say it that night. Rabbi Kaplan called Rabbi Mendy Kaminker of Chabad Hackensack, who successfully got a minyan of men who were willing to go to the hospital to help. So at midnight, nine virtual strangers showed up to help Mr. Blumenfeld say kaddish for his mother.

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