Faces & Places: Friday Boys Brunch

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On June 6, 125 members of the Detroit Jewish community joined students from the International School for Chabad Leadership in Oak Park for the annual Friday Boys Brunch at the Soul Café in West Bloomfield, highlighting the most successful year of community outreach in the school’s 35-year history.

Every Friday afternoon, students from the school take their classrooms to the streets to make Judaism accessible to local Jews. They encourage women to light Shabbat candles and men to put on tefillin. These students have become fondly known as the “Friday Boys” and they connect with some 1,500 individuals every week.

This year brings added significance as the world marks 50 years since the late Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, initiated the worldwide Tefillin Campaign, a historic undertaking that took Jewish observance to the streets as well as 30 years since the Rebbe initiated the Jewish Birthday Campaign, which emphasizes the profound potential and significance of every individual.

Schneur Dren, 15, of Greenwich, Conn., Avi Arrasi and Arik Shemtov, 14, of Tucson, Ariz.
Evan Kaploe with Yossi Spalter, 16, of Westin, Fla.
At the brunch, the Friday Boys sing about love of fellow Jews.
Menachem Shagarotzky, 16, of Oak Park, Jeffrey Brodsky and Shalom Bronstein, 16, of Boston
Meir Greenberg, 14, of Solon, Ohio
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