The 33rd yartzeit of Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda “JJ” Hecht was marked by friends and family at an event hosted near the Rebbe’s Ohel on Wednesday. The gathering concluded with the writing of a new Sefer Torah.
The 33rd yartzeit of Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda “JJ” Hecht was marked by friends and family at an event hosted by the Hecht family and NCFJE near the Rebbe’s Ohel on Wednesday afternoon.
Rabbi Hecht was a pioneer in Jewish outreach and founded over 50 religious and humanitarian organizations dedicated to helping Jews in need. He was a prominent radio personality and fiery orator, gaining a worldwide reputation for his distinct style of speaking, unflinching approach to challenges facing the Jewish people, and inspirational messages which well-resonated with twentieth-century Jews.
The highlight of the evening was the beginning of a new Sefer Torah commissioned by Rabbi Shea Hecht in honor of his upcoming 70th birthday. Friends and family lined up to write the first letters.
This was followed a siyum on a mesechta and a seudas mitzva in honor of the yahrziet and haschalas Sefer Torah.