For nearly two decades Rabbi Anchelle Perl has taken to the airwaves to bring in money for Chabad of Mineola, and this year is no different.
Perl, 57, of Mineola started the annual fundraiser on WLNY-TV in 1993, mirroring telethons run by Chabad organizations in California. On Dec. 18 the Chabad of Mineola Chanukah Telethon goes from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Perl hopes to raise $500,000. Proceeds will go into the organization’s annual budget to support local Hebrew schools, its prison and hospital outreach and educational programs. The telethon is also designed to remind watchers of the joy that the holiday represents.
“This is something that drives us all year round in caring for others,” he said of the telethon. “We’re a small organization, but we have a big heart and we have friends and supporters with a bigger heart.”
This year the telethon is focused on Perl’s 12-step recovery program that he formed based on his experience working in drug rehabs and methadone clinics. He said Chabad’s ladder approach to healing focuses on elements like enthusiasm, hope and friendship for people of all faiths and heritages.
“I’m a rabbi without borders, and I mean that in a humble way,” said Perl, who will talk to callers on the air to add to the conversation. “The attitude is in my synagogue it’s not just members in the zip code. Anybody is welcome.”
Above: Rabbi Anchelle Perl, 57, of Mineola will be hosting the 19th annual Chabad of Mineola Chanukah Telethon, focusing on his 12-step ladder healing program. (September 12, 2011)