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Roving Rabbi's

Thursday, 4 July, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Every summer hundreds of rabbinical students are dispatched to small Jewish communities around the globe. Known affectionately as the "Roving Rabbis," these young men sport a boundless energy and spend time meeting with local Jewish residents sharing with them their passion for Jewish life, encouraging Jewish awareness and observance wherever they go. 
This year Harford Chabad is fortunate to have two very special young men, Mendel and Zevi, who are on the go from early in the morning until late at night meeting and learning with tens of members of the local Jewish Community. We invite you to meet them tomorrow, July 5th at a special Kiddush, 8:00 PM, following Friday Services 7 PM.

Created and directed by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, Roving Rabbis is one of the oldest and longest running revolutionary outreach programs, since its founding in 1943, 70 years ago. Back then students spent months on the road, often subsiding on matzah, canned fish, and vegetables for weeks on end. The Rebbe eagerly read their mailed reports, in addition to extensively debriefing them upon their return. The students were often amazed by the Rebbe’s care for, and intimate knowledge of, Jewish life in the remotest of communities.

In the early 1950s, the Rebbe added international destinations to the growing list. These tours were grueling marathon trips which often included tens of countries and multiple continents. The Rebbe would pore over maps and statistics and personally choose the itineraries.

Today, whether in Sardinia, Italy; The Dakotas; Bosnia; Beijing, China; Des Plains, IL; Kauai, HI; Wales, UK....Chabad representatives have brought Torah, joy and warmth to Jews in thousands of cities in over one hundred and fifty countries.

The hundreds of young students who participate in this annual program stand on the forefront of Jewish life. Take a front-row seat as they share the experience of their summer assignments all over the world on their new blog. Read about a small town in Serbia, where the tiny Jewish community had a shofar but no one knew how and when it was to be blown, etc…

In many places, they have become an integral part of the fabric of Jewish life, as their yearly visits have become a much-anticipated highlight of, and source of inspiration for the entire year.

Know someone you’d like visited, let us know.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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