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With dozens of bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions around the country, including the JCC in Cherry Hill, Hasidic rabbis in the region are hitting the streets with the “Cherry Hill Mezuzah Campaign,” geared to make sure that every Jewish home in the region has a mezuzah—a sacred handwritten parchment scroll that is mounted on the doorpost.

According to the Torah, the mezuzah protects one from harm and hate and prolongs one’s life.

The campaign entails offering Jewish residents, who may be unable to afford a mezuzah, a free one for their front door. If they already have one, a local scribe will check to make sure that it’s kosher; if it’s not, he will offer a replacement.

“It’s heartbreaking to see what’s going on here in Cherry Hill, and in cities across the country,” said Rabbi Mendel Mangel, of Chabad-Lubavitch of Camden and Burlington Counties, a local Jewish organization heading these efforts. “Many people are worried, and want to do something to deal with it. As Jews, one of the things we do is put up mezuzahs and check the ones we have.”

The campaign is being sponsored by three local Chabad-Lubavitch centers, Chabad-Lubavitch of Camden and Burlington Counties, Chabad-Lubavitch of Medford and the Israeli Chabad Center in Voorhees.

The rabbis will be out and about throughout the coming days and weeks, offering this service to local homeowners and businesses.

Courier Post reports: Several hundred people were evacuated from the Cherry Hill complex after a bomb scare on Feb. 27, a day when threats were made to multiple JCC's across the country.

The Cherry Hill facility, which received a telephoned threat around 10:40 a.m., reopened about two hours later after a sweep by law enforcement officers and K-9 teams.

Also Monday, three centers for Chabad-Lubavitch, a Jewish organization, announced a campaign "to make sure that every Jewish home in the region has a mezuzah — a sacred handwritten parchment scroll that is mounted on the doorpost."

"According to the Torah, the mezuzah protects one from harm and hate and prolongs one’s life," said a statement from Chabad-Lubavitch of Camden and Burlington Counties.

“It’s heartbreaking to see what’s going on here in Cherry Hill, and in cities across the country,” said Rabbi Mendel Mangel at the Cherry Hill-based center. “Many people are worried, and want to do something to deal with it."

 

To order a Mezuzah or to schedule a checkup please email rabbi@thechabadcenter.org

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