Vizhnitzer Rebbe Visits Amud Aish

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Encourages His Chasidim to Visit Museum


On December 21, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe from Eretz Yisrael, Harav Menachem Mendel Hager, shlita, visited the temporary facilities of Amud Aish during a two-day trip to New York. The visit featured the Rebbe affixing a mezuzah to the doorpost leading to the new exhibit “Hidden Children and the Holocaust,” a l’chaim, a special address by the Rebbe, speeches by museum board members, and a tour of the new exhibit. Among those taking part in this historic visit to the museum were New York State Senator Simcha Felder; New York City Councilman Chaim Deutch; Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel; and former secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, Israel Singer. The Rebbe concluded the visit by wishing Amud Aish continued success, and he stressed that he would like to visit again at length in the future, iy”H.

(First row L-R:) Mr. Israel Singer, NYC Councilman Chaim Deutch, the Vizhnitzer ebbe, Mr. Elly Kleinman, and Harav Chaim Meir Hager. Seen in second row are Rabbi Sholom Friedmann, Amud Aish board member Mr. Yossi Kleinman, and NYS Senator Simcha Felder.

The Viznitzer Rebbe affixing a mezuza outside the new exhibit area. Also seen are Mr. Shlome Chaimovits (center) and Mr. Elly Kleinman.

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe views a Shabbos notice from pre-war Munkatch.

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe is escorted by Amud Aish officials as he leaves the museum.

Mr. Elly Kleinman, founder and president of Amud Aish, welcomes the Vizhnitzer Rebbe to the museum.

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe reacts to the display of a child’s tzitzis from the Beregszász ghetto in Hungary.

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe wishes Mr. Elly Kleinman l’chaim as Rabbi Sholom Friedmann (left), and Mr. Shlome Chaimovits, vice president of Amud Aish (right), look on.

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Rabbi Sholom Friedmann

Rabbi Sholom Friedmann is a Talmid of Rabbi Leib Bakst זצ"ל, of Yeshivas Ateres Mordechai, Detroit, Michigan. After learning in the yeshivah and kollel, Rabbi Friedmann moved to the British colony of Gibraltar and studied in the Gateshead Kollel for three more years, at which time he received rabbinical ordination. From there, Rabbi Friedmann moved to London, England. In London, Rabbi Friedmann taught in the Menorah Grammar School, and was appointed the communal Rov of Kehilas Kol Yaakov, Edgware, London. Rabbi Friedmann was awarded Qualified Teaching Status by the British Board of Education in 2002, and a diploma in educational psychology by the Tavistock clinic (London) in 2006. In 2005, Rabbi Friedmann was accepted as a Fellow in Holocaust Education by the prestigious Imperial War Museum, London. Rabbi Friedmann relocated to New York in 2008 to become the Director of Zechor Yemos Olam, the Holocaust education division of Torah Umesorah. While occupying that position, Rabbi Friedmann created teaching materials, videos, and teacher training programs, including the ZYO Holocaust education fellowship program. In April 2012, Rabbi Friedmann was appointed as the director of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum. The museum founded by Elly Kleinman will carry on the legacy of holocaust history. For more info about when it is expected to open read this article.

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