Chabad Lubavitch celebrates 15 years

Chabad Lubavitch will be celebrating 15 years in Northwest Connecticut with a gala dinner and silent auction on Dec. 4.  The annual Community Awards Dinner will take place at the Coco Key Resort and Convention Center, 3580 E. Main St. in Waterbury at 4 p.m. Awards will be presented to Dr. Scott Kurtzman, Harvey Offenhartz and  Richard Braverman, in recognition of their community involvement.

“Chabad Lubavitch exercises the universal motto ‘people helping people,’ no matter race, color or religion,” says Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach. “We have seen the community respond, in astonishing ways to our educational, social and arts programs.”

Man of the Year honoree Harvey Offenhartz will be presented with the Man of the Year Award. He has been a strong friend of Chabad since it inception.

Waterbury Hospital chief of surgery Dr. Scott Kurtzman, who will receive the Maimonides Award, is a longtime supporter of Chabad’s Children’s Programs, and is well-known for his selfless life saving efforts in the 20 car Avon, crash of 2005. His total dedication to helping others is a source of inspiration, Eisenbach said.

Richard Braverman, president of R & R Corrugated in Bristol, and supporter of Chabad’s activities for over a decade will be honored with the community service award.

“We are blessed to have such unique people living in our midst, who really exemplify the meaning of selflessly caring for others,” said Eisenbach.

For more information about Chabad Lubavitch or to participate in the Community Awards Dinner, please log on to: or contact the dinner office at 800.297.6864 or email


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