More than 600 people showed up at Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall last week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
A joint effort of Chabad-Lubavitch centers throughout the greater Baltimore area, the June 29 event brought together Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, and radio talk show host Dennis Prager to discuss the Rebbe’s influence on individuals’ lives and the world at large. Weinreb spoke about how his interactions with the Jewish leader changed his life, as well as the Rebbe’s scholarship.
Following each speaker’s talk, members of the Peabody Conservatory performed a musical tribute composed by Jared Weissbrot.
“You had really two perspectives, which I thought was extremely interesting,” Chabad of Maryland regional director Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, who hosted the event, said afterward. “Rabbi Weinreb shared a very personal story by special request and then spoke about the Rebbe’s extraordinary contribution to Torah knowledge, which people are not aware of. Then you had Dennis Prager speaking from a much more general Jewish point of view and the incredible impact the Rebbe had on Jewish life.”
The day after the Baltimore event, tens of thousands of people from across the world descended on Cambria Heights, N.Y., to visit the Rebbe’s resting place at the Old Montefiore Cemetery.