Jul 7, 2015
Chabad Gala Held on a Battleship

Chabad of Palos Verdes in California held their dinner at an unlikely venue: The USS Iowa Battleship with 8th Day singing on deck.

By COLlive reporter

The 12th annual Gala Dinner of Chabad of Palos Verdes in California was held at an unlikely and exciting venue: "The Big Stick," also known as the USS Iowa (BB-61) battleship.

Docked today at the Pacific Battleship Center at the Port of Los Angeles, the battleship is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

David Canfield, one of the former members of the crew who served on the ship, was one of the honorees of the dinner, recognized by Shluchim Rabbi Yitzie and Rochie Magalnic and their community.

Receiving the award, Canfield accepted the tribute on behalf of all the veterans of the USS Iowa and spoke about his time in the service and what the ship and its history meant to him.

One of the key moments of the evening was Rabbi Magalnic's announcing the beginning of the new CTeen branch at Chabad of Palos Verdes, stressing that "our children and the youth of today are our future."

All in attendance were very moved by Chabad teen member Benji Wasserman, who spoke fondly of his experience with Chabad. MC Michael Unger shared his inspiration from the recent book Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin on how the Rebbe always strove to do more, to never being satisfied with one's accomplishments.

The dinner was opened with the blessing of Hamotzie led by Chabad of Palos Verdes Chazan Dr. Jack Friend. The Chassidic rock band 8th Day performed a special tribute for peace in Israel and around the world and then ended the evening with a spirited concert and dance set.


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go Zalmi d
(7/7/2015 5:59:54 PM)
Palos Verdes
What an incredible gala!
Rabbi and Rebitzen Magalnic are the most earnest and hardworking schluchim I know.
They are dedicated to the community and the world is a richer place for their efforts!
I know of course, the admiration the Kehilla has for them.
Keep going strong yitz!
Y&C H.
(7/7/2015 6:21:30 PM)
Mazal Tov!
Yasher Koach Rabbi Yitzy and Rochie Magalnik for amazing work!!! From strength to strength....may you continue making the Rebbe proud.
And thanks for giving our bachurim the opportunity to help and feel part of your community.
Mordy & Rivky
(7/7/2015 6:59:27 PM)
go Shmuly Marcus!
one day you're gonna be like your uncle avremel!
(7/7/2015 7:02:59 PM)
Yitzie and Rochie
Absolutely beautiful dinner. Love the teffilin stand.
Amazing shluchim who work non stop!
(7/7/2015 7:43:38 PM)
Wow looks really cool
(7/7/2015 8:39:11 PM)
Go Sb Efune!
you wrap that tefillin! lovely PV Gala!
(7/7/2015 10:12:42 PM)
what amazing people and shluchim
(7/7/2015 11:03:36 PM)
Beautiful !!!
So proud of my oldest & dearest friends, Rochie, together with your husband you make an amazing team. Keep up the fantastic work.
(7/8/2015 8:20:45 AM)
mazal tov!
What a beautiful event. Let's hope you made lots of $ besides the wonderful kiddush Hashem. Love you Magalnics!
(7/8/2015 9:44:07 AM)
Rabbi Sruly Hecht!!!! Life of the party :))) looking great!
(7/8/2015 12:43:11 PM)
Mazel Tov Rabbi and Mrs. Magalnic
Memories, memories... It's been years and years since the last time I was up on the Hill. But it's so nice to see Chabad of Palos Verdes doing so well. Machayil el choyil for everything you do! All the best.

Mendy Hecht

(7/9/2015 10:20:36 PM)
mazelt tov
Rochie & Yitxie:
Pictures look great. Happy to learn if your successful peuolah. May you have much success in all your future events

.Baruch Rubinstein
(7/10/2015 12:33:27 PM)
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