Grad Party and Graduation Weekend are behind us, as is our family’s roadtrip to and from Chicago, and hosting the Maimonides Dinner at Shabbos House on June 1st. We had our first summertime Cozy-Shabbat, and now in the thick of our summer mode of Cozy-Shabbat weekends, catching up on mounds of backend paperwork, fundraising, alumni visits and reunion, and planning for the coming year.

Stay tuned for more summer updates soon. We will be doing all the Cozy Shabbat weekends in June, and the two weekends in July. And all weekends in August. 

Approaching the Rebbe’s 3rd of Tammuz Yartzeit, Rabbi Mendel wrote an article for (his first article for them): “Find a Zalman Zlatopolsky Bench Near You.” It’s a personal reflection, based on a 100+ year old seashore story and a complex heartfelt Niggun of yearning.

Our most recent Mendel’s Messages posts are from current events. See “Joe Biden at the Window” and read about spiritual and local connections (complete with media links) to the historic Triple Crown win by Zayat’s American Pharaoh. There are also some new Q&A posted on the Ask Rabbi Mendel page.

L’Chaim Student Board met to brainstorm and plan for the Fall 2015 semester. Good stuff is in store. Stay tuned for details, but we already posted the alternating Shabbat Schedule with Hillel on our EVENTS CALENDAR, more events and details to be posted there soon…

If you didn’t have a chance yet, check out this one-minute video: to watch “The Fresh Prince of Lchaim” (a lively 1 minute spoof on the theme song of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Any support you contribute (even $5, $10 or $18) via the Unite website earmarked for Lchaim goes to Lchaim/Shabbos House programming, plus it enables us to win valuable bonus prize funds (in past year’s it bought an extra fridge, a commerical mixer, the sound system we use for Jamming nights etc). Even a click is valuable, we can win prizes for most views, too!

for larger contributions – this is a huge undertaking this summer, an amazing opportunity to make a mega difference: Our Burn the Mortgage in 2015 thermometer has been inching upward, one contribution at a time! Thanks for investing with us. The thermometer reflects actual in-the-bank contributions since this campaign was announced in December 2015, there are additional pledges that are being paid over time.

Have a great Summer!

Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin
Shabbos House Directors