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Honorees

Honorees

 

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Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf 

Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf is an international philanthropist and visionary.

Her philanthropic efforts include the Skin Cancer Foundation, Drexel University and Emerson College, a Ukranian Hospital and Tzivos Hashem-The Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn.

She is also a founding member of the board of directors for Stern College forWomen at Yeshiva University and sits on their academic affairs committee. She serves as a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is a member of the executive board for the Sister Rose Thering Endowment Fund. She is an alumna of Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Education, where she received both master’s and doctoral degrees. She is an educational consultant and reading specialist and the sponsor of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Young Scholars Program at The Washington Institute. 

Marcia moved to Palm Beach Gardens in 2014 and quickly became involved with the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens where they have found a spiritual home for their winter residence. Together with Rabbi Dovid and Chana Vigler, she has funded exciting and diverse programming for the Jewish Community. 

 

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Rabbi Dovid & Chana Vigler

Introducing himself as an African American rabbi, Dovid Vigler blends together the African culture in which he was raised with the esoteric Chassidic pulse of his passion. Inspired by the survival instincts of -the wild, Rabbi Vigler is most comfortable illuminating down-to-earth and easy-to-understand explanations of deep mystical concepts taught in the Kaballah and Chassidic works. Driven by the Rebbe’s message to reach out to every single last Jew, he founded Schmooze Radio in 2009, South Florida’s only Torah Radio Show, "separating fact from fiction and bubbe maasehs from the bottom line."


Rabbi Dovid Vigler received his Rabbinical Ordination in Melbourne Australia in 2004. Together with his wife, Chana, they founded and direct the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens, FL in 2006 where they have created a dynamic, warm and inspired community in one of America's most disaffiliated Jewish Communities in eight short years.

Chana Vigler is the granddaughter of Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of the Worldwide Chabad Lubavitch Movement and of Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelick, Chief Chabad Rabbi to Italy for fifty years. Her deeply ingrained roots in helping Jewish people in the loving manner for which Chabad is famous the world over, have inspired to become a teacher, director and co-founder of the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens together with her husband Dovid. Chana's fluency in six languages, hearty cooking, and incredible people skills make even the shyest visitor feel at home in just moments! 

In ten years since its inception, Dovid and Chana have grown the reach and activity of the Community to reach 50,000 Jews weekly through an impressive array of programs for all ages, engaging talk radio show, classes, and Jewish ritual and holiday services. 

 


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Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens

 

  Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens was founded on April 30, 2006 on the dreams and aspirations of Rabbi Dovid and Rebbetzin Chana Vigler. Without knowing a single soul in the area, they rolled up their sleeves and set themselves to the task of creating a vibrant and dynamic Jewish Community in Palm Beach Gardens that caters to the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of the local Jewish population. Representing the dynamic and vibrant Chabad Lubavitch movement, Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens was opened not only to give people what they're consciously seeking, but also to help them identify what they unconsciously need without even realizing it. By blending the timeless wisdom of the ancient secrets of our faith together with sophisticated and relevant programming, Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens has quickly grown to become a powerful force in the community, one that people find themselves drawn back to for ever more compelling and engaging debate and programming.

Growing in leaps and bounds and pressed for space, the Community moved into their much anticipated, renovated former Firehouse on the South Western corner of PGA Blvd and the Turnpike in the LA Fitness Plaza where they have managed to transform the "Fire House" into a warm, compassionate, and dynamic "House of Fire."  

 

More information about the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens is available at  www.JewishGardens.com