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Chabad House of Greater Hartford Appoints Lee Gold as New Chairman of the Board

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Lee Gold has been named chairman of the West Hartford-based Chabad House of Greater Hartford.

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Chabad House of Greater Hartford announced this past week the appointment of Lee Gold of West Hartford as the new chairman of the Board. An attorney with Butler, Norris & Gold in Hartford, Gold presently serves on the West Hartford Town Council and was its minority leader.

The Gold family has supported Chabad House of Greater Hartford for close to 40 years. Lee Gold officially joined the board in 2018 showing tremendous dedication and interest in seeing the Chabad grow and develop. He will succeed Alan Lazowski who has led Chabad’s board of directors for 16 years. Lazowski will continue to serve as a senior member of Chabad’s board.

“It has been a great honor to serve as Chabad’s Chairman of the Board,” said Alan Lazowski. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments, especially during the pandemic. I am confident that Lee’s leadership will be an asset as Chabad continues to grow and expand in our local community.”

“Lee will bring a new vision to the Chabad House of Greater Hartford, which is in a state of expansion,” said Chabad’s Director Rabbi Joseph Gopin. “Throughout the pandemic Chabad House of Greater Hartford has been on the front lines of providing social, humanitarian and spiritual support to the local community. We are now seeing new families moving to this area and joining our Chabad programs, the Hebrew School, summer camp, adult education, and other programs offered. We have established ten centers in the Greater Hartford area, with special focus on youth and college campuses. We are about to embrace new teen and young professionals divisions, adding new staff to lead these programs. Lee’s leadership and strategic vision will help us go to the next level,” said Rabbi Gopin.

The Chabad Emergence, a study documented by a new Pew Report, shows that Chabad is continuing to grow. Thirty eight percent of all U.S. Jews have engaged in some ways with Chabad programs. This is clearly a result of Chabad’s massive expansion in the three youth sectors: teens, college students, and young professionals. The shift of millennials has been documented in a series of studies that reveal that more Jews age 35 and younger are involved with Chabad than any other Jewish groups.

“I look forward to Chabad’s continued expansion and growth, I am excited about this opportunity and know that with the help of all those involved we can achieve great success in the present and future,” said Gold.

Attorney Gold is licensed to practice law in Connecticut at the state and federal district court levels. He graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, with a bachelor’s degree in history and membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. He attended The University of Connecticut School of Law during which he served as a legal intern for the State’s Attorney’s office in Norwich and New London.

In addition to serving on West Hartford’s Town Council, Gold currently serves on the Kingswood-Oxford Alumni Council.  He is active in a number of bar associations, including the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Hartford County Bar Association.

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