WASHINGTON (Mar. 21)
Scores of senators and members of the House of Representatives attended a Capitol Hill ceremony Thursday honoring Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, the Lubavitcher rebbe, on his 89th birthday and praising him for his “vision and leadership.”
This is the 14th year the ceremony has been held on Capitol Hill as part of “Education Day-USA,” which is made to coincide with the rebbe’s birthday, on the 11th of Nissan, according to Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, national director of the American Friends of Lubavitch. This year the rebbe’s birthday falls on Tuesday.
The lawmakers, accompanied by Lubavitcher representatives from their states or districts, also signed a proclamation praising the rebbe.
Perhaps the biggest applause at Thursday’s ceremony came when Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) called for the enactment of a tax credit for parents of children attending parochial schools.
Sens. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), wearing a white yarmulka, and Daniel Moynihan (D-N.Y.) urged the Soviets to return to the Lubavitch movement a 15,000-book library confiscated after the Bolshevik Revolution. The library is now in Moscow.