Over 100 tourists from Paris, France spent an evening dining and receiving a ‘grand tour’ of the world’s largest Chabad House, and its new 90,000 sq. ft. mega-complex in the heart of Rutgers University.
The French group was led by Rabbi Yosef Y. Pevzner, director of Chabad Sinai Schools in Paris. They had spent the weekend at 770 Eastern Parkway, the Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., commemorating the tenth of Shvat. This is the date of passing of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, and marks the ascendancy to leadership of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1950.
As they arrived with two motor coaches in New Jersey, they were greeted by the students of Rutgers University, including some girls who originated from France, but are now studying at Rutgers. After a hearty five-course dinner, served under the careful stewardship of Chef Chezky Adler, they received a tour of Chabad House, its women’s Mikvah, and an extended tour of the new complex of 90,000 sq. ft. featuring a new Kosher Dining Hall, International Coffee House, new kitchens, a first-ever Sephardic Synagogue, and new dormitories for 72 male students.
The group was addressed by the founder and director of Chabad House, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, who recounted several personal stories and lessons of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The Rabbi also related a recent event connecting the happenings at Rutgers University with events in the Holy Land – Israel. The French crowd was delighted by its New Jersey reception, and promised to include this evening highlight on all future tours.