Healing through Unity

Join more than 250 Jewish communities around the world, in the spirit of Jewish Unity during this year of Hakhel (Gathering), for a syndicated lecture with Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. Sunday, 22 Sivan, 5769 - June 14, 2009; titled Healing through Unity.

The year of Hakhel commemorates the Jewish people, men, women and children, gathering once every seven years at the Temple in Jerusalem. Where the king would read from the Torah "...In order that they hear, and in order that they learn and fear the Lord, your G‑d, and they will observe all the words of this Torah" — Deuteronomy 31:10-12. Click here to read more about Hakhel

Please Join Us for this Syndicated Lecture with Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau @ Chabad of Downtown

Location: 132 Lloyd St Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-605-0505

Time: 7:45 - 8:45pm Fee: Free!
Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Chabad Lubavitch of Downtown Baltimore

 Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau

Rabbi Lau was born in 1937 in Piotrkow, Poland, scion of a well-known European rabbinic family, Rabbi Lau survived the Holocaust, in which his parents and his entire family, with the exception of a brother and half brother, were murdered. At age eight, he was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp by the U.S. army, the youngest surviving prisoner. After the war, he immigrated to Palestine on a ship of orphaned refugee children.

His autobiography, "Do not raise your hand against the boy," published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald, became a best seller in Israel. Recently, Israel's Cabinet has named him the new chairman of the council of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Rabbi Lau was ordained a rabbi in 1961. He served as chief rabbi in Netanya (1978-1985) and Tel Aviv (1985-1993) and at that time developed his reputation as a popular orator.  He was elected as Israel’s Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi in 1993 and served for 10 years until 2003. In 2005 he was, again, elected Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, his current position.

Rabbi Lau is the recipient of the prestigious Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian honor.