By: Dan Altman
My family moved to Northern Virginia about two and a half years ago and really had no connection to the local Jewish community. We visited Chabad Tysons and were immediately welcomed by Rabbi Levi. My first impression was that he was a great guy. He made a special point of meeting with me privately, was welcoming, friendly, and funny. Most importantly, he welcomed us into the community and encouraged us to participate. Each year that I have been associated with the Shul, I have lived more Jewishly...lighting candles and observing shabbas, attending more services, improving my Hebrew, and participating in all of the great family events with my kids. Even when he was not feeling well, Rabbi Levi would be there on many Sundays for Hebrew school and was always in a good mood welcoming everyone. His departure is a terrible loss for all of us; however, the impact of the important work he did will live on. Miriam, the kids, and the rest of the Deitsch family are in our prayers.