Fast-Growing Jewish Community Gets New Rabbi

Just in time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there is a closer place to celebrate the High Holidays for those in the Gilbert, Arizona Jewish community.

“People say that Gilbert is fast-growing, but it’s already grown,” Rabbi Shimi Ash said. “There’s an estimated 3,000 Jewish people in Gilbert.”

So while Jewish people could always travel to nearby cities for religious services, Ash said that such a large number of people warrants its own center.

“Gilbert needs its own Jewish center and rabbi,” he said.

Ash and his wife, Chavie, and their 14-month-old son, Mendel, moved about two months ago from New York to establish the Chabad Jewish Center, Ash said. The center serves not only as a place to gather for worship, but also as a place to cultivate a Jewish community.


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