This past Motzei Shabat (Saturday night), July 1 2017, Ches Tammuz 5777, over 300 Jews gathered in Moldova, remembering Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Z”l
The events in Wiesel’s honor took place in the Chisinau Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue, the only local congregation that remains active today in a city that before the Holocaust housed more than 70 synagogues. The Wiesel event included a special Kaddish by Chabad Director, Rabbi Zushe Abelsky; with Chabad Shliach, Rabbi Mendy Axelrod; President of the Shul Board, Mr. Simcha Buzor; honorary Chairman of Limmud FSU in Moldova, Mr. Alexander Bilinkis; Limmud FSU Founder, Chaim Chesler; and the man closest to Elie Wiesel for many years and the founder of his archive at Boston University, Dr. Joel Rappel, who delivered the keynote speech. Dr. Rappel and his wife, Dorit, spent the whole Shabbos in the Chabad Synagogue in Moldova.