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Participants say a “L’chaim (toast “to life”) to a Decade of
Torah Study at Chabad’s BBQ

Chabad’s adult education class “Kabbalah & Chicken Soup” celebrates 10 years with BBQ

MONROE (July 28) - What do Kabbalah and Chicken Soup have in common?  A great Torah class for adults at Chabad of Orange County!

On Tuesday, July 22nd, Chabad held a barbecue event marking 10 years of Chabad’s Adult Education classes in Orange County. The event was held at the home Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston in Monroe, and was attended by many current and past participants of the classes.  Rabbi Pesach is the director of director of Chabad of Orange County, and also teaches the class.

“Our Adult Education classes have been initiated by you, the community, 10 years ago this summer!” Rabbi Pesach explained at the gathering.  “When we moved to Orange County we did not come with answers; we came with questions, ‘what Jewish programming would you like?’ The response was for a Kabbalah class offered to the public. Thus, the “Kabbalah & Chicken Soup” weekly Torah class, held almost every Tuesday night since summer 2004, began.”

Classes have been going strong ever since.  In fact, many students who initiated the class a decade ago still come to the weekly class. 

Classes were offered in the rabbi’s home as well as in the then Jewish Community Center in Harriman. Now classes are offered at Chabad’s center in Chester.

“There are several things that bring the Jewish people together: Torah, food and camaraderie,” Rabbi Pesach explained. “Our classes have been doing all three!”

The gathering incorporated great food, friends and food-for-thought.

The event concluded with a talk by author Harold Berman, a Monroe native, now visiting from Israel, who shared his remarkable story, "From a Church Choir to Jerusalem: An Unlikely Journey to Judaism."

“In ten years we studies lots of Torah and cooked many pots of chicken soup!” Rabbi Pesach concluded.  “And we look forward to many more decades to come!”

The BBQ was sponsored by Jim Rogers, Henry & Samira Galler, Gil & Phyllis Goetz and Harold Berman.

Chabad’s classes are offered to anyone interested on Torah classes, regardless of background, affiliation, level of observance, age or financial status.

It’s never too late to join a class!  Each class is designed in a way that it is a self-contained entity. Accordingly, you may come to one or all classes.  Interested students are welcome to attend a class, without obligation to continue.  Also, as with all Chabad events and programs, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

To learn more about Chabad’s classes and other events and programs – for all ages – contact Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston at 845-782-2770 or visit


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