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A Brighter Shabbat for Students on Campus
Students at Florida International University join in the candle lighting in memory of Professor Librescu

Los Angeles, CA — This past Friday night, Jewish women on college campuses across America participated in an initiative to dispel some of the darkness experienced by events of the Virginia Tech shooting.

At 18 minutes before sundown, they lit Shabbat candles, a tradition that Mrs. Marilena Librescu, the widow of the slain professor, and the professor himself, held dear.

“Professor Librescu made a point of always reminding his wife to light the Shabbat candles,” Rabbi Shlomo Mayer, Chabad representative to UVA, told

Rabbi Ari Baitelman, Director of Chabad’s FridayLight project, said that the impetus for this initiative came from students who wanted “to hold a memorial for all those killed in this terrible event, and to show their concern for their brothers and sisters at Virginia Tech.“

Towards that end, FridayLight distributed thousands of free Shabbat candle kits for the April 20 event.

”There is a universal feeling of despair as these innocent young lives were cut short, but we can share the light of hope as the Shabbat candles chase away the darkness.”

FOX-7, Miami, televised the candle lighting ceremony, led by Rabbi Levi Friedman at Chabad at FIU


  • 1. a big fan wrote:

    Pictures are of Chabad @ FIU but the text is from CA?

    Levi, really nice pictures, keep up the good work!

    Oh, and mazel tov for the baby you had less then 12 hours before these pictures were taken!

  • 2. Henya wrote:

    answer to Big Fan:
    The article says at Chabad Houses on Campus around the county, Miami is part of that I guess

  • 3. admirer wrote:

    Mazal Tov Rabbi Friedman. You shluchim are to be admired for your dedication above and beyond the call of duty. To prepare such a program, have it televised on FOX7 and then have a big Shabbos, all within 24hours of a newborn! Kol Hakavod.


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