HUNDREDS OF RABBINICAL STUDENTS FAN OUT ACROSS GLOBE
350 Chabad Rabbinical Students Use Summer Break to Visit Smaller Jewish Communities
As part of a seven-decade old annual program dubbed the ‘Roving Rabbis’, 350 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students have been dispatched to Jewish communities in Asia, Europe, the Americas and beyond.
Throughout their visits these young rabbis-in-training spend their time reaching out to members of the Jewish communities – most often in one-on-one home visitations – listening, talking and teaching as they seek to reinvigorate people’s Jewish connections.
“The goal is to make Judaism accessible and relevant to every Jew, wherever they may be,” says Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch who oversees the program.
For the rabbis-in-training this summer assignment also provides an invaluable on-the-ground experience in Jewish outreach and the specific challenges of smaller Jewish communities, as well as a unique appreciation for the diverse composition and needs of the Jewish communities.
“This has been a really great learning experience,” said Yosef Sharfstein, a rabbinical student who is visiting the Jewish communities in South Dakota “All the communities we’ve visited have been so welcoming – it’s truly heartwarming.”
Conceived by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, in the early 1940s, the visitation program has been credited with bolstering and rejuvenating countless Jewish communities and individuals around the world.
The program has seen rabbinical students visit more than 100 countries around the globe and every one of the United States.
Chabad-Lubavitch is a world-wide Jewish movement with a two century old religious philosophical system. Considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today, the organization consists of over 3,500 institutions worldwide directed by over 4,000 full-time emissaries and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands.
Dedicated to the spiritual and material welfare of the Jewish people and motivated by respect and affection for each individual, the movement has set into motion an astounding array of innovative programs, services and institutions to serve the needs of Jews everywhere. More information on Chabad is available at www.Chabad.org .
The annual ‘Roving Rabbis’ student visitation program is a project of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the movement’s educational arm. More information on the ‘Roving Rabbis’ is available at www.RovingRabbis.org
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