Here's My Story: While I was studying in the Chabad yeshivah in 770 Eastern Parkway, I came down with polio. This was in 1955, the same year that the Jewish doctor, Jonas Salk, introduced the polio vaccine, but it came out too late for me.
After six years of distributing Here's My Story newsletters, JEM is now publishing a selection of some of the greatest in a new book entitled One by One, highlighting the Rebbe’s guidance to the individuals that came through his door.
This week, Dr. Elmer (Eliezer) Offenbacher of Jerusalem, Israel, passed away. Dr. Offenbacher, 95, merited to have correspondence with the Rebbe and an audience in 1951, and just a few short months ago, Rabbi Zusha Wolf, My Encounter's lead Israel interviewer, arranged an interview with him.
Here's My Story: I grew up in a typical Jewish-American family – we were not completely Torah observant, but we were traditional. Although I attended a Jewish after-school program, I had no interest in Judaism whatsoever.
Operation Exodus, the Chabad effort that saved 1,800 Iranian Jewish children, took place exactly forty years ago. Although not overtly involved, the Rebbe directed and encouraged the efforts behind the scenes, and JEMCentral presents a glimpse into that involvement.
After reviewing the galley proof and giving the go-ahead to print, the first copy of My Encounter's Hasipur Sheli book arrived at JEM's office today.
Here's My Story: My ancestors were Ger chasidim from Poland, but my father did a favor for the Previous Rebbe of Lubavitch back in Europe and later, once they both immigrated to America, developed a relationship with him.
Here's My Story's new hardcover book, One By One, features over 65 specially selected personal stories of the Rebbe, The book is currently in production and will be ready in time for Gimmel Tammuz.
Mr. Dror Lebendiger is JEM’s cameraman in Israel, in charge of videoing and recording the My Encounter interviews. Although regularly behind the scenes recording others’ stories, his own is remarkable in its own right, one which highlights the impact of JEM’s holy work. He was recently interviewed by Kfar Chabad Magazine, who published his story.
HERE'S MY STORY: In Long Beach, California, where I live and serve as Chabad emissary, we have a beautiful mikveh – the ritual pool which women use to fulfill the mitzvah of Taharat Mishpachah, the Law of Family Purity.