Getting to Know Jews: Chabad of Tri-Valley
Posted by lchaimlover on September 5, 2007
There have been complaints that we are too South Bay focused, so in an attempt to broaden our horizons, here is another special edition of Getting to Know Jews for all you Tri-Valley-ites out there.
Rabbi Resnick and Fruma at last year’s Purim celebration.
Name: Rabbi Raleigh Resnick and Mrs. Fruma Resnick
Organization: Chabad of Tri-Valley
Mission: Chabad of The Tri-Valley serves as a center for Jewish life and education in the Tri Valley Area. Chabad is dedicated to making the beauty of our Jewish principles and heritage accessible to all Jews, assisting in bringing the light of Jewish tradition into one’s life. Chabad welcomes and accepts all Jews regardless of background or affiliation.
A little about them…Rabbi Resnick and Fruma have been in Pleasanton for two years now, and this year’s High Holiday Services will be their third since moving to Pleasanton. From the first time I met them, I knew they were special. This energetic young couple offers a vibrancy to the Jewish life of the Tri-Valley that was previously lacking. I attended my bashert’s brother’s bar mitzvah and not only did Rabbi Resnick make everyone from Russians to newbies feel welcomed, he even attempted to sing Russian songs, making everyone feel right at home. Mrs. Resnick helped my boyfriend’s mother prepare a meal for forty people, and the end result was one of the more beautiful bar mitzvahs I have ever been to. And that was all on one Shabbos afternoon! Imagine having them all year round! What a lucky place Tri-Valley is.
Getting Involved…For Young Women looking to get involved, I highly recommend the popular Jewish Women’s Circle. With events ranging from Challah baking to painting, the Jewish Women’s Circle events promise to nourish your soul and your sense of adventure.
High Holidays…For the past two years, I attended Yom Kippur services sponsored by the Resnick’s and I assure you, they have been the easiest fasts I have ever had. With the engaging droshes from Rabbi Resnick and the amazing warmth, encouragement, and break-fast from Fruma, the Resnicks create a wonderful hag atmosphere from candle lighting to Neilah. So imagine what it must be like when you aren’t fasting?
And while one might think that services, Hebrew school, and adult education was enough, Fruma Resnick is also opening a pre-school in Pleasanton. What was once a large living room has now been converted into a room dedicated to mitzvahs, middot, and play time. Any Jewish toddler would be lucky to spend their days learning at the Chabad Jewish Preschool.
For more information about Chabad of Tri-Valley visit their website.