Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, or known by many simply as "the Rebbe," is one of the most monumental figures in Jewish history.
He is considered by his hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of admirers around the world as the one individual, more than any other, singularly responsible for stirring the conscience and spiritual awakening of world Jewry.
From the moment the Rebbe arrived in America in 1941, his brilliance at addressing himself to the following ideal became apparent: He would not acknowledge division or separation.
Every Jew - indeed every human being - has a unique role to play in the greater scheme of things and is an integral part of the tapestry of G‑d's creation.
For nearly five of the most critical decades in recent history, the Rebbe's goal to reach out to every corner of the world with love and concern has unfolded dramatically.
No sector of the community has been excluded - young and old; men and women; leader and layman; scholar and laborer; student and teacher; children, and even infants.
He had an uncanny ability to meet everyone at their own level - he advised Heads of State on matters of national and international importance, explored with professionals the complexities in their own fields of expertise, and spoke to small children with warm words and a fatherly smile.
The Rebbe is the inspiration and driving force behind the success of Lubavitch today. Radiating a keen sense of urgency, he demanded much from his followers, and even more from himself.
The Rebbe led by example.
Here, at Chabad of Inwood we hope to follow that example. We hope to play a small part in a much larger goal: to reveal G-dliness through good and simple deeds that bring much light into a world that surely needs it.