SoulStrings Issue 3 2019



Soul Strings

Chabad Student Center

Elon, North Carolina

2019 in Review




The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

זצוקללה”ה נבג”מ זי”ע

Dear Friend,

The college years offer endless opportunities

and challenges. Students can travel

abroad, study every discipline, and forge

new and lasting friendships. But what about

their Jewish identity? What about Jewish

life and community?

Thankfully, #ElonJews can count on an

extensive assortment of activities and resources

to help them connect with their

Jewish identity and heritage. At Chabad,

students find Torah classes, Shabbat and

Holiday celebrations, community and joy.

They can access mentorship, a listening

ear and a caring heart, without fear of judgment

or alienation.

Students are empowered to ask the hard

questions and probe deeper into themselves,

their surroundings and their values.

Chabad Elon was founded in 2015,

guided by the Rebbe’s boundless

love and teachings, which are an

endless source of inspiration and



They meet over their common bond to our

timeless tradition, and together they elevate

themselves and one another.

Thank you for being their indefatigable ally

and staunch supporter. We, as well as the

students, are thankful to have your friendship

and care.

With tremendous gratitude

for your support,

Rabbi Mendy & Rivka Minkowitz



Chabad at Elon is home to me and many

other Jewish students. It is a place that you

always leave feeling better about whatever

is affecting you in your life. Whether you go

for the food, the homey feeling, or the people,

there is no doubt that having a Chabad

as strong as Elon’s is a game-changer.

Chabad is the definition of unconditional

giving. Rabbi Mendy and Rivka along with

their wonderful, adorable kids create such a

welcoming atmosphere, allowing students

to make it their home away from home.

Chabad serves as a break from reality.

During any stressful week, I look forward

to the next time I get to schmooze with an

awesome group of people on Friday for a

fun themed Shabbat.


Chabad is an outlet for me to help keep my

Jewish heritage alive and growing in the

hectic world of college. It is a place where

I can go to further my Jewish education

through Sinai Scholars, a course in which

we not only discuss Jewish ideas and traditions

but are given a chance to ask the

hard questions, leading us down the path to

understanding the deeper meanings behind

it all.

Chabad is the chance to step up and hold

leadership roles. Together with Rivka, I

have had the opportunity to create a weekly

meeting that fosters a strong support system

where we discuss hot topics and what

it means to be a woman in Judaism.

Chabad is the place I turn to in a time of

hardship. This semester wasn’t the easiest

for me. After struggling for the first few

months, I turned to Rabbi Mendy & Rivka,

who completely shifted my outlook on my

challenging time.

Judaism and Chabad is the place I turn to

for guidance, love and learning. The abundance

of knowledge and support that exists

within the Chabad community is tremendous.

I truly can’t imagine my college experience

without Chabad.

“Judaism and Chabad is the place I turn to

for guidance, love and learning.”

I will forever be extremely grateful to the

#ElonJews community, Rabbi Mendy and

Rivka, and Judaism for guiding and making

me the person I am today.



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Chabad at Elon changed

my entire college experience.

I first started going

to events during the fall

of my junior year, and I was so incredibly excited.

I was feeling a bit lost at Elon, and I started

losing myself Jewishly too, which is crazy, as

I grew up fairly observant. I was struggling a

lot and even considered transferring to another

school. Chabad and Teaching Fellows are what

kept me at Elon.

At Chabad, I participated in every event they

hosted. I went to every holiday event, Friday

night dinner, and girls’ night. I was constantly

at their home. It was a getaway for me. It was

the only place I could have kosher meat and a

good time.

I made some of my closest friends at Chabad,

and I brought others to make it their home too.

I am so thankful that they opened their doors.

It is amazing to see how the center grew from

hosting a weekly Shabbat dinner with six regulars

to a bigger house that still needed renovations

to fit everyone! Seeing the community

grow warms my heart!

Today, I am a teacher in a suburb of Chicago. I

live in an apartment with a roommate, and now

that I don’t attend a Chabad regularly, I’ve become

a quasi-Chabad. I host Shabbat almost

every weekend. I make challah (Rivka’s recipe)

every Thursday to have fresh at the Shabbat

table. I embrace who I am and flaunt it every

day of my life. I am a proud #ElonJew!




We are so grateful

and thankful for

Chabad at Elon.

Rabbi Mendy and

Rivka have been extremely supportive and

have opened their arms to not only the students

on this campus including our daughter, Daniela,

but to their families as well.

Having Chabad at Elon is important to us as a

family because we know how caring they are.

Daniela will never be alone on Shabbat, over

the High Holidays, or even when she is sick.

They go above and beyond—during finals they

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delivered her cookies. We feel safe and comforted

knowing that Daniela has an extended

family with her on campus. They are her home

away from home.

We have also seen Daniela continue her Jewish

journey. She has grown and expanded her Jewish

knowledge during her time at Elon through

the Chabad. Both Rabbi Mendy and Rivka are

always available to talk, listen and explore ideas

together with the students.

Daniela has also made so many great friends

through Chabad. Their house is always filled

with students who come eat, relax, pray and

chat. It is our great pleasure to support Rabbi

Mendy, Rivka, and Chabad. We cannot thank

them enough for their support, love, and care

they have blessed upon the campus of Elon.


Thank you to all the generous supporters & friends who enable Chabad Elon

to be there for every student 24/7. YOU ARE AMAZING!

George & Cela Abraham

Emmett Ades

Mendel & Mussie Alperowitz

Menachem & Mussy Altein

Yankie Andrusier

Yacob & Anita Bassali

Moshe Beilush

Yanky & Shternie Bell

Ivan Berkowitz

Zalman & Yehudis Bluming

Shaya & Stera Boymelgreen

Rob & Sharon Brager

Freddy Braun

David & Lesley Brooks

Betsy Brother

Lenore Broughton

Ari & Deborah Burstein

Bret & Alison Caller

Steve Caller

Yossi & Hadassah Chen

Jeffrey & Karen Cohen

Ronnie & Eleanor Cohen

Michael & Mollie Cohen

Judy Cooper

Lev & Dassy Cotlar

Mario Cytrynbaum

Brad & Rebecca Dallet

Gary & Randy DeFilipp

Max Dekelbaum

Ken & Joy Drexler

Levi & Mushky Dubov

Mendel Duchman

Boruch & Racheli Edelkopf

Amy Ellowitz

Michael Englander

Yossi Fachler

Lynn Farber

Nossen & Chaya Fellig

Brian & Robin Fierston

Sean & Robin Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald Home


Andrew Fradkin

Craig & Liz Franzman

Meme Fridman

Steve & Jen Friedland

Samantha Friedman ’18

Steven Geller

Sander Gerber

Jerold & Joan Glassman

Susan Goldberg

Leonard Goldschein

Jonas & Meryl Goldstein

Shimon & Devorah Gorkin

Neil & Sarah Green

Leibel Greenbaum

Joyce Greenspan

Eli & Jennifer Gross

Chaim Gross

Eliezer & Mushky Gurary

Berel & Rivky Gurevitch

Levi & Shaina Gurevitz

Yisroel Gutnick

Tom & Jill Herbert

B Herman

Samuel Hirsch

Hana Hofeld ’22

Jonathan & Denise Holder

Arthur Hourwitz

Robert Jaeger

Adam & Stacie Jordan

Noah Jordan ’23

Eliyahu & Draizy Junik

Joan Kagan

Rebecca Karpinos ’18

David Kasirer

Philippe & Esther Katz

Jim & Pam Katz

Nikki Katz ’20

Levi & Freidy Katzman

Brant Kay

Steven & Cheryl Kestlinger

Gary & Robin Klausner

Menachem & Pamela Kuhl

Michael & Phyllis Lakind

Joel & Joyce Lantzman

Eli Lax

Naftali Lazaroff

Levi & Menucha Levertov

Nancy Lichtenstein

Rachel Linsky ’18

John Lubotsky

Levi Mendelsohn

Fred Meyers

Marcel Millet

Avi & Leah Minkowitz

Carlo & Nechama Minkowitz

Mendy & Rivka Minkowitz

Ruth Minkowitz

Sholom & Zelda Minkowitz

Yitzchok & Ilda Minkowitz

Jon & Leslie Minor

Bradley Mittleman

Briana Mittleman

David & Lisa Mittleman

Ariel Mittleman ’18

Sarah Montgomery

Ricky & Wendi Nachwalter

Harry & Alicia Nasser

Daniela Nasser ’20

Matthew Norrito ’18

Sarah Oberman ’19

Daniel Oshinsky

Dean & Roxanne Palin

Lester & Barbara Parker

Andrew Penson

Michael Perline

Julia Perline ’22

Teresa Phillips

Joel & Lynne Podell

Hannah Podhorzer ’19

Mark Podolle

Mark & Linda Posner

Ezzy & Malka Rappaport

Ari & Rivky Raskin

Shaina Raskin

Yitzchok & Zeesy Raskin

Arie & Lynn Raviv

David & Glenda Regenbaum

Barry & Linda Riskin

Pamela Robins

George & Pamela Rohr

Leonard Rosen

Mendel & Zelda Rosenfeld

Jonathan Sajovic

Stephen & Julie Salinger

Isaac Samuel

Shmuli & Chayala Sasonkin

Nochum & Tzivie Schapiro

Kevin Schiff

Sari Schiff

Bruce & Carol Schneider

Yosef & Rivky Schtroks

Daniel Schwartz

David Schwartz

Jeremy & Shira Schwartz

Ayala Schwartz ’22

Jeff & Cheryl Selman

Eileen Shapero

Jonathan Sheinberg

Mendel & Chaya Mushka


Mendy & Rivky Shemtov

Zalmy Shemtov

Norman & Marjorie Shindler

Ephram Shizgal

Mendy Shlomo

Meir & Mushki Shmotkin

Adam Shpurker ’17

Orit Shuflita

Mark Silver

Richard & Erica Silverstein

Brach & Hedy Simpson

Mason Sklut ’14

Gary & Polina Skulnik

Scott & Shani Speigle

Donor Advised Fund

Leo Spitzer

Michelle Statfeld

David Stein

Ethan Stein

Janice Steinberg

Saul & Frances Steinhauser

David Tenenbaum

Alex Teperman

Norman & Marjorie Tommer

Marc Uknis

Lexi Uknis ’21

Mendy & Grunie Uminer

Benjamin Van Gelder

Leonard & Nancie Velick

Maor & Amy Waizman

Dael & Brenda Waxman

Meara Waxman ’19

Luanne Weinberg

Josh Weintraub ’17

Martin Weiss

Wayne & Marcy Weitz

Gedalya Whitman

Levi Whitman

Tzvi Whitman

Sheldon Wrotslavsky

Eli & Cherie Zami

Avremi & Sheina Zippel

Chaim Zippel

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