In anticipation to the new Zman beginning in Yeshivos worldwide, a special conference – Kinus Talmidim Hashluchim was held by the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim on Monday, 26 Tishrei, for the Shluchim traveling to Yeshivos around the world.
A sumptuous breakfast together with a warm welcome from emcee Hatomim Levi Plotkin greeted the Bochurim who arrived with pre-arranged buses to F.R.E.E. of Brighton Beach.
The program started with a newly released video of the Rebbe from JEM, followed by a video recorded speech from Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, Director of Chabad of the West Coast who couldn’t make it to the event in person.
Great excitement took hold of the attendees when Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice-chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch took from his busy schedule to address the Shluchim and inspire them with personal stories that happened with him and the Rebbe throughout the years.
This was followed by several speeches from former Talmidim Hashluchim who shared from their experiences on various topics for success in shlichus.
Then came the time to split up to three different sessions on the topics of: 1. Making Seder Sichos a year-long success. 2. Farbrengen of the Rebbe viewings. 3. Fundraising and practical tips.
A video with interviews from several Mashpi’im and Shluchim on the importance of learning the Rebbe’s Torah with Bochurim and Shluchim describing how the programs arranged by the Vaad helped them grow in their learning Sichos and watching the Rebbe’s Farbrengens was shown. This was followed by an announcement about the Vaad’s programs for the coming year from Hatomim Mendy Tubul.
The event concluded with a keynote address from Rabbi Chaim Shapiro, Menahel of Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Morristown, who transmitted to the Bochurim what is expected from them as Shluchim of the Rebbe.
A unique memento was distributed to all the participants.
Special thanks to the Vaad Hatmimim Haolami and Rabbi Tzvi Altein for arranging the event, and to Rabbi Hershel Okunov and F.R.E.E. of Brighton Beach for hosting it.