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  • 01 Mar, 2024

Rabbi Shmulik and Mushka Tewel, Les Institutions Shneor, Aubervilliers, France

Rabbi Shmulik and Mushka Tewel, Les Institutions Shneor, Aubervilliers, FranceShneor’s PrideBy: Chaya ChazanMy father is a living example of the adage, Everyone is a shliach. Although he’s a businessman, and not an official shliach, he never misses an opportunity to bring a fellow Jew closer to Hashem. He’d always return from work with stories about how he’d put tefillin on one person, gave a mezuzah to another, or gifted an associate with a Jewish book. So, although I grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I was deeply influenced by the shlichus mi

  • 23 Feb, 2024

Rabbi Chanan and Tuba Chernitsky, Chabad of Newfoundland, S. John’s, Canada We’re Here for Reb Yisrael

Rabbi Chanan and Tuba Chernitsky, Chabad of Newfoundland, S. John’s, CanadaWe’re Here for Reb YisraelBy: Chaya ChazanWhile we hold the distinction of being the easternmost Chabad house in North America, the Newfoundland (or Newfie, as it’s more colloquially known) Jewish community is quite small. Separated from our sister territory, Labrador, by an island, all of Newfoundland is like one extended family, where everyone knows everyone else.Although I was born in Argentina, my family moved to Winnipeg, Canada when I was 14. It was there that I was fi

  • 16 Feb, 2024

Rabbi Mendy and Mindy Begun, The Wisdom Circle, Los Angeles, California Healing Body and Soul

Rabbi Mendy and Mindy Begun, The Wisdom Circle, Los Angeles, CaliforniaHealing Body and SoulBy: Chaya ChazanBoth my wife and I have the privilege to be third-generation shluchim. I grew up on shlichus in Cheviot Hills, about half an hour from where we live now. From an early age, my parents encouraged us to take an active part in the shlichus. I remember davening for the amud as a young bar mitzvah boy, and taking on positions of responsibility and leadership. It was the perfect education as I carry on a legacy started by my grandfathers.The importance o

  • 09 Feb, 2024

Rabbi Benny and Sonia Hershcovich, Chabad of Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sunlit Shores & Sacred Spaces

Rabbi Benny and Sonia Hershcovich, Chabad of Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, MexicoSunlit Shores & Sacred SpacesBy: Chaya ChazanMy wife and I had very different upbringings: I grew up in Montreal’s huge Jewish community, with all the conveniences of chinuch, kosher food, and Judaica just blocks away. She grew up on shlichus in Milan, Italy, and witnessed firsthand how difficult it was for her classmates, even as young as ten years old, to live away from home for the sake of chinuch. What united us was our desire to go on shlichus and bring the light of

  • 08 Feb, 2024

Rabbi Dov and Shterna Gruzman, Chabad Alumni Community, Vienna, Austria Bountiful Brachos

Rabbi Dov and Shterna Gruzman, Chabad Alumni Community, Vienna, AustriaBountiful BrachosBy: Chaya ChazanAs a born and bred Canadian, when a shidduch with an Israeli was suggested for me, I hesitated. Living in Israel was challenging at the time. Baruch Hashem, he was flexible on where we’d live, and we married in the winter of 1985.After a year of kollel, we began looking into shlichus options, and wrote to the Rebbe with a list of different places. We received no answer, although we continued writing for almost a year. We were ready to move - we just

  • 08 Feb, 2024

Rabbi Yitzchak and Rochel Wagner, Chabad of Richmond, California Always Aiming Higher

Rabbi Yitzchak and Rochel Wagner, Chabad of Richmond, CaliforniaAlways Aiming HigherBy: Chaya ChazanSmall city shluchim often struggle to find Jews in their area, and each person they discover is a cause for celebration. Happily, it works the other way as well! Most Jews in our area were only nominally affiliated with any synagogue or temple. When the High Holidays rolled around, they’d usually go to the bigger temples in nearby San Francisco or Berkeley. When we started hosting events and minyanim, they were amazed that so many Jews lived in their own

  • 19 Jan, 2024

Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar, Chabad of Sweden, Gothenburg, Sweden Swede Success

Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar, Chabad of Sweden, Gothenburg, SwedenSwede SuccessBy: Chaya ChazanIn our Kollel year, there were various options of shlichus that were suggested. At that time, there were many countries that still did not have shluchim.When we wrote to the Rebbe about visiting Sweden, the Rebbe immediately responded May you share good news. Shortly afterwards, we wrote to the Rebbe that we were ready to go there on shlichus and we were zoche to receive the Rebbe’s brochos to begin the shlichus in Sweden. —---------------When we fi

  • 12 Jan, 2024

Rabbi Boruch and Chaya Rozmarin, Chabad of Grenada, S. George, Grenada Spreading Light in Paradise

Rabbi Boruch and Chaya Rozmarin, Chabad of Grenada, S. George, GrenadaSpreading Light in ParadiseBy: Chaya ChazanGrenada (pronounced Gre-NAY-da), not to be confused with the Spanish city of Grenada (pronounced Gre-NAH-da), is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. We’ve been confused for our sister city so often, we’ve created a pre-formatted email response for tourists, welcoming them to join us, but warning them they’d have to take a ten-hour flight from Spain if they chose to do so.Of course, we were prone to the same error when we

  • 05 Jan, 2024

Rabbi Menachem and Chana Yidgar, Chabad Youth, Netivot, Israel The Power of the Youth

Rabbi Menachem and Chana Yidgar, Chabad Youth, Netivot, IsraelThe Power of the YouthShlichus was never a question of if, but simply where. I grew up in a Chabad family, where shlichus as a “career” was a matter of course. My wife’s family are descendents of the Baba Sali, and her parents had been on shlichus in Netivot for years already. With some of her siblings assisting her parents in and around Netivot, it was a no-brainer for us to do the same once we were married.When we joined the community, we noticed how many traditional families lived in

  • 29 Dec, 2023

Rabbi Levi and Hindy Wilansky, Chabad of Portland, Maine The Lighthouses of Maine

Rabbi Levi and Hindy Wilansky, Chabad of Portland, MaineThe Lighthouses of MaineBy: Chaya ChazanIn 1987, the shlichus “business” was booming. Every kollel yungerman was eager to find their place and get to work. My parents were no different. Their choice was clear when Rabbi Kotlarsky announced they’d be sending shluchim to five new states and offered my parents Maine. They were eager to accept, and wrote to the Rebbe. The Rebbe wished them that it should be “at a good and successful time with everything,” and that he would “mention it at the

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