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Chabad Rabbis at White House Conference

President George Bush peruses an update given to him by Rabbi Mendy Carlebach on Chabad activities in Central NJ

Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, the Shaliach-emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to South Brunswick, N.J., was one of three Chabad delegates at the White House Conference for Faith Based Community Initiatives.  The Conference took place for two days and was attended by over one thousand community leaders from across America.
During the Conference, the Chabad Rabbis had meetings with a number of the President's  Cabinet, including  Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez,  Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, and Attorney General Michael Mukasey.  The Attorney General remarked that he had visited numerous Chabad institutions, and had great regard for the work accomplished by the men and women of the Chabad Movement.

President Bush and Rabbi Levi Stone of Chabad of Westport, CT

The Chabad Rabbis also met with President George W. Bush, who thanked the rabbis for their educational programs and activities that benefit the youth across the USA.  Rabbi Carlebach remarked, " I was amazed to see  the recognition given by the political leaders of this great country..  I am certain and confident that all our work will grow in quantity and quality, thus bringing the beauty, love, and inspiration of our Torah and Mitzvot to all young men and women in our communities."  
On the return trip from Washington, D.C., to New Jersey, the Rabbis met a bus-load of student volunteers from the pro-Israel group ZOA.  The Rabbis spoke to the students, and over 30 students put on Tefillin, several for the first time in their life.  A student commented, "In the merit of the good work you do, I am honored to join you in a Mitzvah.  May all our combined efforts bring an abundance of blessing from G-d, to a world so in need."

L-R, Rabbi Levi Stone-Westport, CT, Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Rabbi Mendy Carlebach-South Brunswick, NJ

Top, L-R, Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, Rabbi Sholom Lipschitz, Rabbi Levi Stone. Bottom, L-R, Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Rabbi Mendy Carlebach doing Mivtzah Teffilin en-route from Washington DC at a rest area where there was a bus load of activist for Israel

L-R, Rabbi Sholom Lipschitz, Jay Hein-Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Rabbi Levi Stone, Rabbi Mendy Carlebach



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