By Kahal Chasidim, we mean to convey that the shul is meant to be a congregation of Chasidim; that is a place where the welcoming spirit of Chasidim is manifested and where all Jews are greeted with warmth and hospitality.
Shearis Yaakov is in memory and L’iluy nishmas a very special Jew, Rabbi Sochet’s great grandfather Reb Yaakov Halevi Sochet.
He was born in Torczyn Volynia (Poland) around the year 1890. In 1906 he emigrated to the USA. Reb Yaakov stood firm in his Yiddishkeit at a time when the odds were very much against successfully maintaining one’s Jewish tradition. Although his mettle was tested many times, he prevailed. In 1921 he came to Los Angeles where he worked as a shochet. His three sons (all born in Los Angeles) grew up to be ehrliche Jews who all raised families of G-d fearing children. He passed away in 1948 and is buried in Home of Peace cemetery on Whittier Blvd. in Los Angeles.
He was a Chasidishe yid with all his heart and he lived to serve Hashem and to help other Yidden.
May this shul be an Aliya for his Neshama.