JCM is a living memorial for Miriam bas Reb Chaim Yaacov Dalfin of blessed memory

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Rabbi Chaim DalfinRabbi Chaim Dalfin received his Ph.D. in psychology from Pacific Western University. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Brooklyn, New York. He is the founder and director of the Jerusalem Cultural Museum and a leading Torah scholar.

He is also a noted mystical thinker, a sought-after speaker and author of 32 books, including Your Better Self (1994), on the kabbalistic approach to self-improvement; Demystifying the Mystical (1995), a primer to ease the beginner into the esoteric world of mysticism; Conversations with the Rebbe (1996), interviews with 14 Jewish figures about Rabbi Schneerson, including Chaim Potok, Norman Lamm and Yitzchak Shamir; To Be Chasidic (1996), a contemporary guide into chasidism exploring its history, founding principles, ideology, and practices; and Demystifying the Maamar, exploring ten kabbalistic discourses in a contemporary way.

He is the recording artist of the "Chasidic Melodies Series-Learn, Understand, and Sing," - 5 volumes.

For Rabbi Dalfin’s books visit www.jewishinfo.org.

Board of Advisors

  • Professor Nathan Aviezer, Ph.D. Bar Ilan University
  • Mr. Yisroel Cohen, Museum Curator
  • Rabbi Faivish Dalfin, Director of Development
  • Professor Paul Eidelberg, Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • Rabbi Eliezer Glatt, M.A., Noted International Mechanech-Educator
  • Rabbi Yehoshua Magnus – Rosh Yeshiva Yeshivas Mercaz Harav
  • Rabbi Dr. Meir Tamari, Ph.D. - Israeli government lead economist

Beis Miriam

Rabbi Chaim DalfinThe Jerusalem Cultural Museum, Beis Miriam (Miriam's Home), is a living memorial to Mrs. Miriam Dalfin of blessed memory. Mrs. Dalfin's warmth and kindness has its expression in the JCM in the city of Jerusalem, where she always wanted to live.

Here is a brief biography of Mrs. Miriam Dalfin:

Mrs. Miriam Dalfin of blessed memory was born in Makave, Poland in 1937. She, together with her mother Hinda and other family members escaped the Nazis although her father, Chaim Yaacov הי"ד was murdered.

From Poland they escaped to Russia and eventually made there way to Costa Rica, Central America. It was there that young Miriam received her formal education excelling as an A student. She received the warmth and beauty of living a frum life in her parents home. It was the only home in which visiting fundraisers would eat at, knowing they could rely on her parents kosher standards.

In 1958 the family immigrated to New York. They settled in Brownsville, Brooklyn. They acquainted Rabbi & Mrs. Wine who was her shadchan. In 1960 she married, Reb Aron Hillel Dalfin of Tel Aviv Israel also a child survivor from Bucovina, Romania.

The young couple settled in Crown Heights, Brooklyn following the illustrious Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Rabbi Schneerson. Mrs. Dalfin adapted quickly to the Chasidic lifestyle. The couple had four children. Mrs. Dalfin dedicated herself to raising the children and sent them to the local Lubavitch schools.

In 1970 the family moved from East Flatbush, Brooklyn to Boro Park where they saw their children grow and marry. In 1995 Reb Aron and Miriam Dalfin moved to Miami, Florida. They spent 10 years there before Mrs. Dalfin became ill while attending her grandsons bar mitzva in Brooklyn.

On the auspicious birthday of the Rebbe, the 11th of Nissan, 5766, April 9, 2006, her soul returned to its Maker. She merited seeing children and grandchildren, emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and G-d fearing individuals. May we merit to Mashiach's arrival with the resurrection of the dead, including the soul of Miriam bas Reb Chaim Yaacov, amen!

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