Jun 16, 2017
110 Bochurim Make Special Trips

110 Chabad bochurim recently traveled to remote and isolated cities throughout North America with a special mission at hand.

Forty-two shluchim in remote and isolated cities throughout North America received the ultimate gift this Shavuos as 110 bochurim trekked to remote locations, to bring chayus and chizuk to these special shluchim, their families, and communities. The bochurim assisted with minyanim, led farbrengens, and created anticipation and excitement for the holiday.

“It was the second time in a decade that we were able to hold Birkas Kohanim on Shavuos, what an incredible gift for our community!” enthused Rabbi Chaim Shaul Bruk of Bozeman, Montana.

“Living hundreds of miles away from the nearest frum community, having Bochurim interacting with our children means the world to us,” shared Rabbi Shmuel Hecht of Kelowna, British Columbia.

A few years ago, a businessman from NYC found himself spending shabbos by the Rabbi Yossi and Chani Jacobson in Des Moines, IA. During his stay, he was personally moved by their love and dedication to the community. Since he travels often, he frequently benefits from the hospitality of local shluchim. Seeking a way to give back to them for all their kindness, he launched the Shavuos initiative.

The Shavuos initiative is coordinated by Merkos 302’s Ufaratzta Circle. Now in its third year, the project has continued to expand, sending more bochurim to remote communities so that all Chabad Houses—no matter where—can celebrate the yomim tovim with additional support, vitality and inspiration.

Founded at the request of several shluchos, the Ufaratzta Circle is a support system focused specifically on the needs of shluchim families in remote locations. Ufaratzta Circle initiatives include special kinus programming, supportive webinars and Whatsapp groups to network and share ideas, a Gimmel Tammuz shabbaton, gifts for children, shaloch manos packages, Chanukah gelt and weekly group learning.

“These shluchim and their families are stoking flames of yiddishkeit in distant outposts, far from Jewish amenities, families and communities. They face an extra level of mesiros nefesh with many unique challenges that come along with their shlichus,” said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch. “The Ufaratzta Circle initiative is an incredible support to these shluchim families.”

Many bochurim consistently return to the same communities, cultivating a strong connection to shluchim and their communities. Parents of those who have joined have described how the experience has left a deep impression on their sons.

The Ufaratzta Circle is looking to expand its support to this unique group of shluchim families with more initiatives, support and resources. To find out more about the program or to get involved, please contact cgoldberg@merkos302.com.

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rebranding merkos shlichus
(6/17/2017 8:47:52 PM)
(6/17/2017 10:25:30 PM)
These bochurim are the best
The future of Lubavitch
(6/17/2017 10:33:02 PM)
woot woot Judahman!!
Keep doing the Rebbe work...You make us proud...
(6/17/2017 11:49:40 PM)
Bochurim like these bring Moshiach. Keep on koching in the right inyanim and very soon we will merit the ultimate hisgalus. AD MOSAI?!?! How much longer will there be so many not yet frum people.. we must wake up and reach them all!
(6/18/2017 1:44:41 AM)
B"H so happy!
Thank you for sharing
(6/18/2017 8:07:36 AM)
Feldmans of Halifax
The shining lights of Nova Scotia.
Lox has never been as good.
Keep up the phenomenal work.
(6/18/2017 11:09:11 AM)
@comment #1
This is not a rebranding of Merkos Shlichus in any way. Merkos Shlichus still happens every summer and Pesach, just as the Rebbe wanted it. This is merely helping Shluchim in need for Yom Tov. I fail to understand what criticism one could have of this program.
(6/18/2017 11:56:06 AM)
I spot
Sholom vogel best dorm counslor ever!!!!
(6/18/2017 12:02:45 PM)
Although my shlichus would benefit tremendously from such a program, I would like to share something with the readers. My great grandfather was one of those people that went on “miseras nefesh” when asking my zeide how did he do it. The response was for the Rebbe mir geit nisht of mesiras nefesh Mir hut hanochos atzmusei. äðçú òöîåúå. I try to vision myself as one that is not on a mission of misras nefesh.
Secondly the idea of being alone is far from the truth. Since moving on shlichus I have seen open hashgacha protis on a regular basis possibly more than someone living in a larger community and more so in a completely frum community.
(6/18/2017 4:01:18 PM)
Go Beryl Feldman!!!!
(6/20/2017 5:16:12 AM)
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