For the grand finale trip, Yeshivas Kayitz Kingston went to one of the first cities where the Frierdiker Rebbe sent Shluchim – Worcester, Massachusetts. They were hosted by Rabbi Mendel Fogelman, whose father, Rabbi Hershel Fogelman, OBM, came to Worcester over 70 years ago.
The rich Chabad history made the trip experience more meaningful, and gave the young bochurim a glimpse into the world of shlichus, and the history of the Rebbeim in America
The group went to the Worcester train station – the very same building where the Frierdiker Rebbe stopped and said a sicha on his way to Springfield from Boston in 1929. There the bochurim learned, davened mincha and celebrated with a chassidishe dance.
They stayed in the newly-donated Krock Family campus, which was donated by a local supporter – Mr. Barry Krock. The bochurim were enthralled as he told the story of how his family were one of the community members who met the Frierdiker Rebbe at the railroad, and how they also had yechidus at that time – and today he has the zechus to see the Rebbe’s young chassidim fill his house with Torah and avodah.
The talmidim as well had a packed trip with outings, including rope course, zip lining, go carting, race car competition, swimming, indoor rock climbing, ice skating, knockerball and much more.
The trip was coordinated by camp assistant HaTomim Levi Fogelman.
Rabbi Yisroel Levertov, director of the Yeshiva Kayitz, summed up that the grand trip showed how you can combine both the ruchnius and gashmius – giving the talmidim the best – which is the goal of Yeshivas Kayitz Kingston and they do with much success.