Jacob J. Hecht

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Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht, known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe's right-hand man, was a leading Chabad rabbi, educator, writer and radio commentator.

Achievements[edit]

He was the spiritual leader of Congregation Meir Simcha Hakohen of East Flatbush and for 44 years was the executive vice president of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education.[1] He was also dean of Hadar Hatorah Rabbinical College for Men that he founded along with Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson and a financial partner of Machon Chana Institute of Higher Learning for Girls. He was also vice president of the Iranian Jewish Children's Fund& founder of the Ivy League Torah Study Program.[2] He was also the founder of the Released Time Program of Greater NY.

Author[edit]

He wrote two books: Brimstone and Fire and Essays on Judaism.

Lubavitch[edit]

He was the official translator for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the head of the Lubavitch Chasidic group, during his radio discourses in Yiddish, and was a commentator on radio station WEVD-AM. He was featured in Rabbi Chaim Dalfins Book about noted Chabad Chasidim in the 20th Century [3]

Camp Emunah[edit]

Over 50 years ago Rabbi J.J. Hecht received the blessings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Shneerson to purchase a facility and operate the first overnight Lubavitch children’s camp in the world, Camp Emunah. Since its inception it has grown exponentially with more than 600 girls attending yearly it is more than a half a dozen different summer programs. Serving more than 100,000 girls over the last fifty years. [4]

Hadar Hatorah[edit]

Amongst the innumerable projects he headed, helping Jews of all persuasions was his role in Hadar Hatorah, the world's first Yeshiva for people rediscovering their Jewish roots. Together with its' beloved founder, Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson, obm, JJ played a pivotal role in the Yeshiva which was renamed Yeshivas Kol Yaakov Yehudah - Hadar Hatorah in recognition of his efforts and devotion to the Yeshiva and its students. [5]

Rabbi Hecht's Torah[edit]

In 2008 they started writing a Torah scroll in his honor.[6] It was completed in December 2010

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