INTRODUCED BY   Senator Steinberg

                        MARCH 16, 2009

   Relative to Chabad Day.


   SCR 23, as introduced, Steinberg. Chabad Day.
   This measure would proclaim March 23 as Chabad Day in California.

   Fiscal committee: no.

   WHEREAS, California's Jewish community has been active in the
formation of the state since the Gold Rush in 1849; and
   WHEREAS, In the Jewish world, the concept of mitzvah - the Jewish
belief in doing good deeds - is a core belief in the Jewish community
and religion; and
   WHEREAS, There are many branches of Judaism active in California
today; and
   WHEREAS, Social and charitable organizations that provide
community services, such as Chabad, have established themselves in
California; and
   WHEREAS, The Jewish social organization that is named Chabad was
established in this state in 1965, as a branch of the worldwide
Chabad-Lubavitch movement under the leadership of the Lubavitcher
Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson; and
   WHEREAS, Since Chabad has been established in California, it has
created the largest network of educational and social services on the
West Coast, including over 225 community centers, the National Drug
Rehabilitation Center, numerous day schools, and 30 summer camps that
offer scholarships for underprivileged children, children of the
military, and new immigrants; and
   WHEREAS, Chabad's "L'Chaim-To Life!" Telethon was established 29
years ago with the goal of uniting and educating the entire community
- from civic leaders and celebrities to politicians, including men,
women, and children of all races and religions - for a night of song,
dance, and hope; and
   WHEREAS, The state and its residents have continually commended
community-based organizations, such as Chabad, that have tried to
achieve the goal of "making this world a place of goodness and
kindness"; and
   WHEREAS, The state recognizes the contributions that
community-based organizations provide to the state and its residents
through community service, in an effort to better the lives of the
residents of our great state; now, therefore be it
   Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims March 23 as Chabad
Day in California; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature urges all residents to do mitzvahs
- one or more acts of goodness and kindness -- each and every day;
and be it further
   Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.