Florida Governor Jeb Bush Receives Chabad Representatives


by Baila Olidort - TALLAHASSEE, FL

December 25, 2003

Chabad-Lubavitch representatives to the state of Florida met with Governor Jeb Bush in his office, on Tuesday, in honor of Chanukah.

In what is now a four-year old tradition, the Governor took time to reflect on the significance of the message of the Jewish Festival of Lights, and issued a proclamation declaring January as the "Month of Jewish History."

The Chabad-Lubavitch representatives to Florida were in the Governor's office to present him with a silver menorah in recognition of his staunch support of Israel.

Rabbi Korf, chief Chabad representative to the state of Florida, used to the occasion, which was widely covered by national and local media, to recall the Rebbe's message to him back in 1960, when he arrived in Florida in this capacity. The Rebbe, he said, told him that "my job is to bring to Florida all that is missing in Jewish life" so that Jews in Florida can enjoy a wholesome Jewish lifestyle.

In fact, today there are some 96 Chabad-Lubavitch centers serving the entire State of Florida from its southernmost city, Key West, to Jacksonville up north. Always one step ahead of this fastest growing Jewish community in the country—and perhaps even in the world—Chabad is reaching Florida's entire Jewish population with a comprehensive range of programs and services. These include Jewish schools, yeshivas, college campuses services, and much more, making for a particularly rich Jewish quality of life experience for young, growing families and college students.

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