Chabad of WO honors community members at annual dinner

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Chabad of West Orange held its annual dinner on June 21, at which it celebrated its recent growth and success. The evening focused heavily on the future and Chabad of West Orange’s financial stability.

Marsha and Marvin Frank were given the “Chabad Tomorrow Award” for their vision in securing Chabad’s future. In their remarks they reiterated the importance of remembering Chabad when estate planning.

“As concerned Jews we are obligated to secure a strong Jewish future for the next generation,” Marsha Frank said.

Honorees Shirley and Phil Levitan stressed that Chabad of West Orange is meaningful to them because of “the uplifting services, the Smile On Seniors programs, the educational programs and of course bringing a softball championship trophy to Chabad.”

Chabad presented the Presidential Recognition Award to Tuvia and Dell Sahl, who served as Chabad’s first president and first first lady back in 2005. Sheina and Reuven Herrera received the Community Service Award for all their dedication and devotion to the West Orange community.

“As a first time attendee at West Orange Chabad’s dinner, I can tell you, it was a highlight of my initial eight-month of involvement with Chabad,” Menachem Eidenbaum, a Newark resident, said. “The joy and warm feelings in the room was certainly undeniable and I plan to attend services and the annual dinner indefinitely, God willing.”

“There is something special happening here,” said Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, director and spiritual leader of Chabad of West Orange. “We have only been in our new building for two years and thank God we are nearing capacity. The joke at our daily minyan is that you better come early if you want to get a seat. We are grateful to every donor and supporter who help us help others, now during our annual major fundraiser, and of course, throughout the year.”

Chabad of West Orange is located at 401 Pleasant Valley Way. Call 973-325-6311 or visit for a list of Chabad of West Orange’s services, classes and activities.

Photos Courtesy of Jonathan Weber