Chof Ches Sivan was marked in Cheder Menachem of Los Angeles, CA, with a number of exciting programs. The highlight was when each child got to see the wooden trunk the Rebbe brought with him when traveling to the USA.
By Anash.org reporter
Specials rallies, farbrengens and programs marked the 80th anniversary of Chof Ches Sivan in Cheder Menachem of Los Angeles, California, headed by principal Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum.
During the days leading up to Chof Ches Sivan, the children took part in the curriculum prepared by Or V’chom, and watched the videos prepared by JEM in preparation for the day. On Tuesday, when the boys entered the school, they were greeted by a beautiful Chof Ches Sivan display prepared by the 4th grade Girsa class.
The day began with a rally for the younger grades, where the children said the 12 pesukim and heard words of inspiration from Florida Shliach Rabbi Yossi Raichik, who spoke to them about the meaning of the day and related stories of the Rebbe.
Later in the day, the 5th and 6th grades had their own rally, where they were addressed by Rabbi Shmulik Schneerson. After each of the rallies, special raffles were held, with special prizes for the winners. The 7th grade held a farbrengen led by Rabbi Dovid Schmukler of the Tiferes Menachem Smicha Program. By lunch, each child was treated to a special hot dog lunch in honor of the special day. The programs were arranged by Rabbi Sholom Heidingsfeld and the lunch and prizes were sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman.
The highlight of the day was when each child got a chance to see the wooden trunk which the Rebbe and Revvetzin had used on his travel from Nazi occupied Europe to the USA. The trunk, which is currently in the possession of West Coast Head Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, was brought to the school by Rabbi Cunin himself and ceremoniously displayed in one of the classrooms.
On the trunk, one can see stickers attesting to the fact that it traveled on the S.S. Serpa Pinto, the boat on which the Rebbe and Rebbetzin traveled. The Rebbe wrote his name on the stickers, and Rabbi Greenbaum pointed out the holy handwriting to each of the children.