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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’.

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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.

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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.

Roving Rabbis Inspire Santa Fe Jews

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Armed with the braided egg bread called challah, the sacred parchments known as mezuzahs and their faith, three roving rabbis have hit the city with one mission: Meet as many Jews as possible in their three weeks here.

No Jew in Oklahoma Left Behind

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The “roving rabbis” are making their way through Oklahoma. Moshe Sasonkin, of Akron, Ohio, and Levi Misholovin, of West Bloomfield, Mich., are spending their summer vacation traveling the country to provide for the needs of Jewish people throughout remote areas or towns with small Jewish populations.

Roving Rabbis Reach Out to South Texas Jews

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The squeaking of the tortilla machine inside Anita’s Tortilleria on East Jefferson Street pierced the air Thursday as hot corn tortillas rolled off the line during the tail end of the lunch rush.

300 Rabbinical Students Heading Out for Summer Sojourns

In 1948, Leibel Posner was about to spend five weeks on the road, traveling throughout the farmlands, towns and cities of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Nowadays, even as air travel, GPS navigation and videoconferencing make for a more modern-day experience, the underlying themes of Torah, ahavas Yisrael (love of the Jewish people) and selfless dedication remain the same.

Rabbis Visit Rural Australia in Synagogue on Wheels

DAYLESFORD, Australia — A synagogue on wheels rolled into Daylesford last week. The Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia van cruised around the Hepburn Shire with Rabbis Dov Zaetz and Peretz Chein as part of their mission to connect with Jewish people living in rural and regional Victoria.

After Traveling 1 Million Km. RARA Marks 13 Years

Chabad of RARA (Rural and Regional Australia) has recently celebrated its Bar Mitzvah – 13th – year. Since the establishment of the organization by Shaul and Baila Spigler in 2000, over 1,000,000 kilometres have been traveled and over 70 groups of Bochurim have been sent out on RARA.