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Chabad of North Orlando dedicates Nate's Shul 


Longwood Commissioner Ben Paris (left) presented a Welcome Proclamation to Rabbi Yanky Majesky and the Chabad community.

By Jane Edelstein

More than 200 people recently attended the grand opening of Nate's Shul-the new home of Chabad of North Orlando. While dark clouds remained overhead, sunshine and smiles prevailed as children reveled in games and snacks and adults enjoyed conversation and camaraderie. And finally, the question of "who is Nate?" behind "Nate's Shul" was answered.

"We are honored to name our shul after Nathan Kaplan (Of Blessed Memory), who was the grandfather of Rabbi Chaim and Lauren," said Rabbi Majesky, who along with wife Chansky, serve as the spiritual leaders of the Chabad of North Orlando.

Rabbi Yanky and Chansky Majesky (r) presenting a hanging photograph of grandfather Nathan to the Thomas family. Lauren Thomas stands smiling in sunglasses on the far left.

"Rabbi Chaim and Lauren Thomas are true partners in everything we accomplish in our community," noted Rabbi Yanky Majesky

Three generations of the Thomas family, longtime members of the Jewish community who live in Longwood, mounted the stage to accept a special plaque, and to tell a few tales of Nathan's memorable life. Although not a particularly religious man in a ritual way, Nathan had a strong sense of Jewish history and tradition, and was very dedicated to Am Yisrael Chai.

"I can promise you that Nathan is (spiritually) here with us today, and kvelling without a doubt," noted Rabbi Majesky.

The event also included comments from various members of the Chabad community talking about their unique relationship with Chabad, from perspectives of education, religion, community-and just plain fun. The ceremony also featured City of Longwood Commissioner Ben Paris presenting a Welcome Proclamation to Rabbi Majesky and the community.


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