Chabad Piazza Bologna in Rome is a financially independent 501c3 not-for-profit organization, established by Rabbi Menachem and Rivkie Lazar in December 2008, Chanukah 5769, under the auspices of Chabad’s rabbi to Rome, Rabbi Itzchak Hazan.
Rabbi Lazar operates the services at the Beth Shmuel synagogue during the week and runs various activities as described in the Projects section.
Menachem grew-up in Milan, graduated 8th grade and went on to learn in Yeshivot (Talmudic School) in France, Israel and U.S.A.
In 2006 he obtained the Rabbinic Degree from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch. He directed the Chabad-affiliated Camp Gan Israel in Tuscany for many years.
Rabbi Lazar setup and maintains and extensive network of website in Italian and English for example the website for Chabad in Italy www.chabad.it, a website with information for Jewish travelers in Europe www.JewishEurope.org, and others.
Rivkie grew-up in Pittsburgh, graduated from Yeshiva Girls High School, went on to learn at Seminary Machon Shoshana in Yerushalayim and in Long Island. While studying in Long Island she taught at the Hebrew School of Chabad of Valley Stream and was a Program Director at Chabad of Wayne, NJ.