23 Av 5776 27/08/2016
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KAZAKHSTAN AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA JOINTLY HONOR CHANUKAH MENORAH

Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan, Rabbi Yeshaya E. Cohen, made a VIP Chanukah visit to the capital of the United States in Washington DC

A highlight of the Kazakhstan United States Convention, was the grand public Menorah lighting ceremony during the congressional breakfast which took place December 8 at the prestigious National Institute of Peace, situated near the United States Department of State 
 
The congressional breakfast hosted by Kazakhstan was attended by members of the United States Congress, dignitaries, internationally acclaimed corporations and leaders of american business investments in Kazakhstan 
 
The Honorable Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States, Mr. Kairat Umarov was honored to light the center candle of the gold Menorah as Chief Rabbi Cohen lit the Menorah candles
 
In his address, Rabbi Cohen masterfully illustrated the contrast of the old Kazakhstan and the new Independent Kazakhstan
 
"In the new Kazakhstan I walk as a proud free Jew in the streets of Kazakhstan" proclaimed Chief Rabbi Cohen
 
In his address Chief Rabbi Cohen described the divine miracle of the current  renaissance of Jewish life in Kazakhstan , led by the Chabad Lubavitch emissaries of the Rebbe,  in the large cities of Kazakhstan: Alma Ata- Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Pavlodar  and Ust-Kamenogorsk
 
The wide range of programs and activities of Chabad Lubavitch of Kazakhstan is unparalleled and astonishing.  From the brand new state-of-the-art Synagogue buildings  and Jewish community centers, to Jewish pre-schools, Kosher Meat and Supermarket , Mikvehs, Mohel, adult Torah education centers and a vast social services and humanitarian network
 
Chief Rabbi Cohen movingly described the self-sacrifice of the Rebbe's father Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the fearless Jewish leader who inspired and celebrated Jewish life during the soviet communist ere and passed away on the 20th of Av in 1944 while in exile in Alma Ata Kazakhstan
 
"It is in the merit of the Rebbe's father who's holy resting place is in Alma Ata that we see the blessings of the Jewish community in today's Kazakhstan" said Chief Rabbi Cohen 
 
The Chief Rabbi's visit coincided with NCSEJ Annual Board of Governors Meeting.  Executive Director Mr. Mark Levin and Deputy Director Lesley Weiss have been longtime caring friends of the Jewish community of Kazakhstan
 
The surprise Memento of  a silver Menorah  presented to Mark Levin and Lesley Weiss  at the conclusion of Chief Rabbi Cohen's address and the lighting ceremony of the gold Menorah with song and prayer were a heartwarming highlight
 
Chief Rabbi Cohen met with many members of the United States Congress at the congressional breakfast. Chief Rabbi Cohen also paid a personal visit to the offices of Congressman Ted Deutch from Florida, Congressman Eliot Engel from New York, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania, Congressman Adam Shiff from California, 
 
A historic Menorah lighting ceremony took place at the United States Department of State
 
Mr. Ira Forman who leads the State Department office to combat anti-semitism together with Chief Rabbi Cohen lit the gold Menorah with the blessings and song 
 
The inspiring Chanukah Menorah message of Chief Rabbi Cohen throughout his 48 hour VIP visit to Washington DC was loud and clear:
 
"The Menorah proudly shows us how light is stronger then darkness, how freedom defeats oppression , how good is  better then evil , how peace and harmony will illuminate our world. By increasing  our acts of goodness and kindness we will hasten a world of redemption and Moshiach"
29 Kislev 5776 (11/12/2015)
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