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Where Will ‘Roving Rabbis’ Observe Tisha B’Av? Just About Everywhere

The summertime travels of “Roving Rabbis”—young Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students and newly minted rabbis who visit isolated Jews and small Jewish communities all over the globe—are filled with exciting, hectic days and nights in which they share the joys of Judaism with others. But on Tisha B’Av, they have a unique opportunity for a relatively quiet day of reflection, in which they can learn more about the local Jewish community and deepen their times with them.

In Economically Battered Greece, Rabbinic Students Offer Comfort to Jewish Community

As Greece faces closed banks, looming bankruptcy and possible expulsion from the Eurozone, Chabad has dispatched a pair of “Roving Rabbis” to bring hope, comfort and support to Jewish communities large and small.

At ‘The Edge of the World,’ a Man Discovers a Hidden Identity

Dirk Evenhuis had come to northwestern Tasmania as a 5-year-old in 1951. His family was among 35 Dutch families who had emigrated together. It wasnt until a pair of Bochurim on Merkos Shlichus ‘found’ him that he redicovered his Jewish roots, literally at ‘the edge of the world’.

NPR Profiles ‘Roving Rabbis’ in Rural West

On Sunday, NPR radio ran a feature broadcast on two Chabad Yeshiva students traveling through rural Arizona this summer as part of the ‘roving rabbis’ program. The two Bochurim, Zalman Refson and Yaakov Kaplan, were interviewed for the program, along with a couple of isolated Jews they encountered on their travels.

Inspiring Encounters on the Texas Trail

Young rabbinical students Mendel Schmukler and Sholom Ber Charitonow have been spending their summer vacation traveling through the U.S. state of Texas, bringing the light of Judaism to the few isolated Jews in the state’s rural areas. The following two stories were told by them, both of which occurred while visiting the city of Houston.

An Impromptu Russian Bar Mitzvah – in Michigan

Young rabbinical students Yossi Rubashkin and Mendel Polter have been spending their summer vacation traveling through the U.S. state of Michigan, bringing the light of Judaism to the few isolated Jews in the state’s rural areas. The following story was told by them, which occurred while they were in the small city of Midland.

Roving Rabbis Find a New Jew in Peru

Young rabbinical students Dovid Leib Lepkivker and Saadia Liberow have been spending their summer vacation traveling through the South American country of Peru, bringing the light of Judaism to the country’s native Jews and Israeli backpackers. The following story was told by them, which occurred while they were in the capital city of Lima.

Dynamic Duo Heads Back to South Dakota

Yosef Sharfstein likes to joke that there are more Jewish people living on his block in Brooklyn, N.Y., than there are in the entire state of South Dakota—and that’s probably true.

Roving Rabbis Print Tanya in Trinidad

Young rabbinical students Naftali Spielman and Michoel Mishulovin have been spending their summer vacation hopping from one Caribbean island to another, bringing the light of Judaism to the few isolated Jews in the region. The following story was told by them about their visit to the island of Trinidad.