Aug 5, 2018
New Shluchim to S. Francisco Bay

On their first wedding anniversary, Rabbi Mendy and Menucha Blank will move to S. Francisco Bay area to open Chabad of Emeryville.

by Mussi Sharfstein, lubavitch.com

On their first wedding anniversary, next month, Rabbi Mendy and Menucha Blank will be moving to the S. Francisco Bay area to open Chabad of Emeryville.

It’s an up-and-coming commercial city, headquarters to companies like Pixar and LeapFrog, nestled between Oakland and Berkeley and directly across the Golden Gate Bridge.

The couple was recruited by Chabad’s California headquarters under the auspices of Rabbi Shlomo Cunin.

It’s not a big move for Menucha. The dynamic 22-year-old was raised in next-door Berkeley where her parents, Rabbi Yehuda and Miriam Ferris are emissaries.

But not so for the rabbi: though the ocean scenery is similar to Mendy’s hometown in Miami, the Jewish demographics are not. “I grew up three blocks away from a yeshivah,” he explains. “Moving to a city with no Jewish infrastructure will be different.”

According to a recent Bay Area study, the East Bay area of Northern California is home to the fourth largest Jewish community in the United States, but Chabad will be Emeryville’s first Jewish establishment.

The couple will service approximately 1,000 Jewish residents as well as professionals who commute from the bigger cities. They plan to open with High Holiday services and child-focused programming catered to young families.

Emeryville is small—measuring just over 2.25 square miles—and already three other Chabad centers have recently opened within a half hour’s drive away. Is there a need for another center in the Bay Area? “There’s a Peet’s coffee on every corner around here,” Mendy says. The specialty coffee roaster and retailer is based in Emeryville.

“Chabad should be on every corner too. We want to be just as easily accessible so we can reach and service every Jew. We’re offering soul coffee.”

Partner with Chabad of Emeryville by visiting chabademeryville.com


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Rabbi Mendy and Menucha Blank stand before San Fransisco's Golden Gate
Rabbi Mendy and Menucha Blank stand before San Fransisco's Golden Gate
Rabbi Mendy Blank doing a mitzvah with another Jew in Emeryville
Rabbi Mendy Blank doing a mitzvah with another Jew in Emeryville


Opinions and Comments
1
The BORENSTEIN’s , Poughkeepsie , NY
Hstzlacha abba in your new shlichus!
(8/5/2018 7:46:33 AM)
2
From Toronto
Much Hatzlocho!
(8/5/2018 9:10:47 AM)
3
Hatzlacha Rabbah!
Parts of Northern Ca, need many more Shluchim!


A Northern Ca, resident!
(8/5/2018 9:14:44 AM)
4
Mazal Tov Menucha' and Mendy!!!
I'm so so so proud of the two of you and I know you will be Matzliach in all your efforts to turn over Emeryvillle!
G
(8/5/2018 9:19:15 AM)
5
Yay Blank Family
May the new Shluchim bring much success and simcha and nachas to all they come across.

-Mendy Harrison
(8/5/2018 9:22:52 AM)
6
Love Yiddishkeit
Wishing you infinite hatzlacha from the Tisha B'av birthday girl.
(8/5/2018 9:57:18 AM)
7
Very Pleased!
Rabbi Mendy and his wife are a great couple and I am very please that they are moving to Emeryville. I look forward to visiting the synagogue.
(8/5/2018 10:49:12 AM)
8
Hatzlacha to the Blanks!-
Kol Ha-ka-v-od-!-

The S-asson's- -Miami/NY
(8/5/2018 6:28:52 PM)
9
Mandy Tie
Mendy, much Hazlach in your shlichis.
May all you indevours be fulfilled.
(8/7/2018 1:29:02 AM)
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