Lubavitcher photographer Meir Alfasi traveled with his wife and three children to Kosovo in Eastern Europe to conduct a Pesach Seder – the first of its kind – and at first, was mistaken as Middle Eastern Refugees.
As the sun went down Friday evening, candles were lit and blessings were spoken in a conference room at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where a small group of Jews gathered on the first night of Passover.
A passerby may have assumed a major farbrengen was going on as Rabbi Menachem Posner demonstrated the power of a niggun. At the Yom Iyun for Bochurim departing on Merkos Shlichus for Pesach, Rabbi Posner encouraged bochurim to use the niggun as a tool to help open bring warmth and camaraderie to a crowd of strangers. “If I could get 200 bochurim to sing along with me now, you could certainly get your guests to join in the singing. Make sure to use this tool!”
On a brisk evening last week, when Purim was more on people’s radar than Pesach, several hundred bochurim gathered at Chabad HQ. The night’s agenda: assessing their knowledge and preparedness in leading public Seders — and being the de facto Chabad presence in outposts across the globe.
Iquitos in Peru is known as the most isolated city in South America. Surrounded by thick jungle, it sits on the banks of the mighty Amazon River. For the first time in decades,it was recently visited by a group of rabbinical students, who were there as part of the Merkos Shlichus Chabad “Roving Rabbis” program.
Traveling in a motor home armed with Jewish gear, Rabbi Yossi and Malki Rodal make their way around the Australian … more
Two rabbinical students from the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning in Oklahoma City are traveling to small Jewish communities in Oklahoma and North Texas, hoping to spread goodness and kindness.
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.
Keeping Montana kosher is the name of the game for two rabbis spending their summer traveling throughout the state.
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.
This summer Merkos shlichus Bochurim will travel to over 1000 cities and towns. Their goal: Meet Jewish people and help bring them closer to their creator.
Some 180 guests gathered to mark the holiday of Pesach in The Republic of China (Taiwan)’s luxurious Shangri-La hotel.
540 Bochurim have boarded flights this week from New York headed to 260 cities worldwide to bring matzah, wine and to run sedorim for the local Jewish.
A few weeks after registration opened for Pesach ‘Merkos Shlichus,’ the Bochurim who signed up were called to Merkos’ offices at Chabad HQ where they displayed their expertise at leading a public Seder and their knowledge of the necessary Halachos.
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’.
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.
Anna Koozmin, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Maryland, loves the popular Netflix series about a woman’s prison for the way it delves into the back stories and lives of inmates at a federal women’s prison. Now she is about to find out for herself what the place is like—at least for a day.
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.
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.
Rabbis Berel Bendet and Levi Dubov say they’re having a delightful time traveling North Idaho and meeting its residents. And, no doubt, those who get to meet the two from the Chabad Rabbinical Visitation Program during their tour of Idaho are enjoying Bendet and Dubov as well.
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.
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.