“The spirit of compassion and community on display at Chabad was among the inspiring sub-stories in an otherwise horrific week for many residents of the Conejo Valley and its neighboring vicinities... In coordination with city officials, the center became the de facto resource center for victims of the Woolsey Fires and a drop-off point for those who wished to come to their aid.”

Such were the words of an observer writing for the COL News Agency in the days following the raging wildfire that burned close to 100,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,600 structures, took three lives and forced the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people over the course of an unforgettable week – especially for those in the inferno’s path – in November of 2018.

The fact that Chabad would step into the breach to spearhead the effort of providing counsel and facilitating the supply of emergency food, water, clothing and lodging to those suddenly displaced and distraught comes as no surprise to those familiar with the Chabad credo. For in step with our mission to implement Jewish outreach and educational programs is our mandate to respond to the needs of the crisis-stricken and the down-and-out – whatever those may be.

Indeed, all year-round, in good times and in bad, Chabad of the Conejo’s “People in Need” programs are accessible to all those facing a genuine crisis – whether due to a sudden tragedy, loss of a job or simply being among those “left behind” by society. Whereas most other groups have neither the patience nor the mechanism to listen to these folks – let alone lend them a helping hand – Chabad is there with a sympathetic ear, an open heart and a generous hand.

Even so, we try to offer these humanitarian services without it detracting from our other essential ongoing community outreach programs. Toward that end, we hold an annual Raffle Drive to raise the vital funds for the “People in Need” budget. By purchasing tickets in this Raffle, you will be entered into a drawing for over 20 great prizes ! (See enclosed promotional ticket.)

Please be a partner in a great “Mitzvah of Compassion” that transcends all ethnic, racial and religious lines! Participate generously the Raffle Drive and encourage others to do the same.  

With blessings and gratitude, we remain,


Rabbi Moshe Bryski                                                    Rabbi Yisroel Levine

Executive Director                                                      Director of Development

PS – Drawing to be held at our Purim Dinner & Festival (the word “Purim” meaning lottery) on March 21, 2019. Winner need not be present.