LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In response to flyers of hate, and a threatening phone call to the center, Chabad of the Bluegrass will launch a new initiative to educate both Jews and Non-Jews in the region, as a preemptive strike to hatred.
“Education is the greatest weapon against hatred,” said Shoshi Litvin, of Chabad of the Bluegrass. “The Rebbe said many times that education should not just be about math and science, but about morals and values. Through this, we can build a more loving society.”
The flyers began showing up last week in several different areas. The threat came earlier this week.
Chabad has been in touch with the Lexington Police Department and the FBI regarding the threat, and are taking precautions, however, they don’t intend to let hate stop them, Litvin said.
“Yesterday was the Yartzeit (day of passing) of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, a leader of Soviet Jewry who knew no fear and stood proudly in the face of hatred,” said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, who received the call. “Rabbi Schneerson passed that courage onto his son the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, my personal mentor and the foremost Jewish leader of our generation. The Rebbe, in turn, instilled that strength in his over 10,000 emissaries all over the world, including myself and my wife Shoshi here in Lexington”
To learn more about Chabad and the new education initiative, visit Chabad of the Bluegrass on Facebook or ChabadBluegrass.com.
Chabad of the Bluegrass offers Jewish education, outreach, and social-service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations. For information, contact Chabad at (859) 813-0770 or visit ChabadoftheBluegrass@gmail.com.