Annual Chabad of West Orange dinner

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Chabad of West Orange will hold its annual dinner Thursday, June 13, beginning at 6:13 p.m. at 401 Pleasant Valley Way. This year’s dinner honors Rachelle and Richard Press, Regina and Ruslan Dimarsky, and Lina and Felix Kanchik. Jewish recording artist, singer and songwriter Tali Yess will perform live. Admission is charged.

Chabad of West Orange will use this dinner to remember the victims of recent terror attacks. In addition, new security measures implemented after the terror attacks at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and at Chabad of Poway in California will be reviewed. The message is clear: Chabad is taking security very seriously.

“I am still not over the Mumbai, India, terror attack which took the lives of our fellow Chabad shluchim and their guests in 2008,” said Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, director of Chabad of West Orange. “We live in a beautiful world with kind and loving people, but we must protect ourselves and defend against any possible terror attack from evil, the likes of which have sprung up recently here in the United States of America.

“The Torah contains 613 commandments for the Jewish people. We specifically chose the date of 6/13 and incorporated the theme ‘Do A Mitzvah!’ for our annual dinner,” he continued. “We should increase our acts of goodness and kindness to help make this world a better place.”

The Presses are longtime friends of Chabad of West Orange, who are very active in Jewish communal life, and the Dimarskys and Kanchiks have their family roots in the Soviet Union. The Communist nation did not value freedom of religion and persecuted Jewish educators and those that practiced their faith. Both the Kanchiks and Dimarskys celebrated their sons’ b’nei mitzvah at Chabad this year, celebrating their Judaism in ways they were unable to growing up in the USSR.

“The rabbi and the congregation were so welcoming to us,” Regina Dimarsky said. “We knew after our friends Lina and Felix brought us to a holiday service with them for the first time that we found our spiritual home.”

“Chabad is a welcoming place for me to attend prayer services, classes and events,” Rachelle Press said. “The rabbi married us, named two of my grandchildren and my son had his aufruf at Chabad. It’s important for us to give back and encourage others to participate as well. Chabad is known for their outreach and their support of every individual and situation. Collectively, we all have to ensure Chabad’s success now and in the future.”

“We look forward to greeting you at the dinner,” said Altie Kasowitz, co-director of Chabad West Orange. “Our mission is to spiritually, emotionally and in every way we can enhance the lives of those who we meet through our classes and services, Smile On Seniors program, food distribution, hospital and prison chaplaincy, life-cycle assistance and more.”

To make reservations for the dinner, visit or call 973-325-6311.