Before he became a U.S. senator, Rudy Boschwitz moved to Minnesota and opened a family business in 1963. By that time, Rabbi Moshe and Mindy Feller were already there.
Their first interactions happened by chance. Boschwitz, who would go on to serve two terms in Washington, noticed a man in his home improvement store sporting not only a hat and beard – both weren’t uncommon in the 1960s – but also ritual fringes known as tzitzit hanging around his waist.
“I stopped him and discovered that he was the local Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi,” remembers Boschwitz. “He originally had been a Minnesotan and had been sent back there by the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.
The Fellers, who are celebrating a half-century of service to their northern state’s Jewish community, were among the first groups of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries dispatched to regions around the United States and countries around the world. They are regarded by many today as pioneers in a form of outreach that has strengthened Jewish life around the globe.
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