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A 10 Year Journey Milestone

Friday, 15 January, 2016 - 12:09 pm

115.JPGOn January 15th 2006 I was driving up the I-84 with my wife and two young children in our Ford Taurus followed closely behind by a truck with all of our belongings. Every so often I would look in the rear view mirror and in addition to some drifts of snow and ice on the side of the highway, I could see the truck with our belongings chugging along faithfully behind us.

As we set out to establish a Chabad Center in Sudbury, we had 200 miles of driving to contemplate and discuss the magnitude of our move and what our new responsibilities in life would evolve into. Both Shayna and myself had often discussed and dreamed about this moment, and before we even married we both knew that we wanted to do this in life. We had both grown up in beautiful Chabad families and were inspired by the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schnersohn who encouraged thousands of Chabadnik’s to go out and make Judaism accessible for every Jew who walks.

Now a few years into our marriage, armed with the knowledge that we knew no one in town and had just a few thousand dollars in our bank which we had raised from friends, it was finally happening. 

We couldn’t think of which friends we should call first and we didn’t really even know anyone besides two or three people we had briefly met on our exploratory meetings. We thought of how we might be able to provide our first programs to the community and how we would be able to meet more people.

As we planned our beginnings we were already talking and dreaming about where things would head down the line.

At 6pm on that cold chilly night we finally arrived at our first rented home in the heart of Sudbury and reality began to hit. For the next few hours in the bitter cold, we came in and out of the house dozens of times as we unloaded the truck, set up the beds and the furniture and started to get used to our new home. The movers finally left and we were exhausted, so we went to bed for the first time in our new home and new town, full of both exciting and daunting thoughts about what lay ahead.

A Freezing Night

In the middle of the night, I suddenly awoke, freezing and shivering. No matter how much blanket I pulled over myself, nothing seemed to be able to warm me up. By the time morning had arrived, both Shayna and myself were starting to wonder why on earth we had moved to such a cold place, and would this freezing cold of Massachusetts be our destiny forever.

I went downstairs ready to start our first day of landing and acclimating to the new work, and imagine my surprise when I discovered that my front door was wide open! In thinking back we realized that we had been using the garage and the front door to bring in our belongings and accidentally we had left our front door wide open the entire night.

The open door explained the freezing cold and the terrible draft of the first night and it allowed us to be encouraged with the hope of being able to stay warm for the long term. Yet over time, a deeper message began to sink in about the open door. Perhaps as we spent our first night in Sudbury ready for a journey of a lifetime, G-d sent us a little welcome message to set the tone of making sure the door of Chabad will always be open to people, even if it gets a little drafty on the inside as a result.

The Future

Today, ten years later, we hope, pray and strive to ensure that that Chabad of Sudbury embodies an open and welcoming door and environment, while providing the warmth and inspiration of Judaism to all who step through our door.

We are grateful to G-d almighty for making the first ten years so special and say thank you to all of you for all you have done. Thank you to all of you for ten years of friendship and support, thank you for helping us reach hundreds of people and families like yourselves and thank you for helping us to constantly grow in leaps and bounds.

The first decade is coming to a completion, but if the first ten years have been so beautiful, we are sure that the next ten years will witness even greater growth and vibrant Jewish life at Chabad of Sudbury. We look forward to serving the community for the next decade with a vibrant Chabad Jewish Center, built on the rich values and traditions of our vast Jewish heritage and inspired by the beautiful teachings of Judaism.

L’chaim to Life!

This Shabbat our Shabbat Services and Kiddush will be an informal preliminary celebration our 10th anniversary and we invite you to join us for the services and Kiddush or just to stop by and say a L’chaim and celebrate.

Services begin at 10:15am – 12:15pm and will be followed by a celebratory Kiddush / Luncheon to which all are invited from 12:15pm – 2:00pm.

41 Old Meadow Road, Sudbury, MA

No RSVP required but would be helpful for planning purposes if you can let us know.

Shabbat Shalom and see you all then!

Yisroel

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