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  • 12 Jul, 2024

Rabbi Dov and Chani Bialo, Chabad at Reed College, Portland, OR The MitzvahThon That Changed Everything

 Rabbi Dov and Chani Bialo, Chabad at Reed College, Portland, ORThe MitzvahThon That Changed EverythingBy: Chaya ChazanThe taste I got of shlichus in my bochurhood only whet my appetite for more. After a personal turning point while on bachur shlichus, I then decided to include shlichus in my future. However, in my imagination, college didn’t figure in at all. But when the opportunity for a community/campus shlichus in Southeast Portland came up, my mashpia advised me to at least check it out. So we boarded a plane and flew across the country.We w

  • 05 Jul, 2024

Rabbi Berel and Chana Dubinsky, Chabad of S. Teresa, Costa Rica From Paradise to Purpose

Rabbi Berel and Chana Dubinsky, Chabad of S. Teresa, Costa RicaFrom Paradise to PurposeBy: Chaya ChazanAs a bochur, I’d helped shluchim all over Asia, so moving somewhere exotic didn’t seem too crazy to me. When I asked my now-wife whether she’d be willing to go on shlichus to Vietnam, which I’d recently heard had an opening, she was open to it! In the first couple of years of our marriage, we looked into some interesting options. We even had tickets for an initial visit to a city in Africa in early 2020. Once Covid hit, our tickets were canceled

  • 05 Jul, 2024

Rabbi Gavriel and Chava Sebag, Chabad of Toulouse, France To Win in Toulouse

Rabbi Gavriel and Chava Sebag, Chabad of Toulouse, FranceTo Win in ToulouseBy: Chaya ChazanI was born and raised in Morocco, in a traditional Sefardi family. I was first introduced to Chabad and Chassidus by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Raskin, the Rebbe’s shliach to Casablanca, which had a tremendous impact on me. In 1981, the Rebbe opened a yeshiva in Morocco, and Chabad bochurim came from all over the world. I joined them, and when they returned to New York afterwards, I followed them to study in 770. I was barely settled before I was asked to become a shliach

  • 05 Jul, 2024

Rabbi Pesach and Chanie Scheiner, Chabad of Boulder, Colorado Radiating the Rebbe’s Mission in the Rockies

Rabbi Pesach and Chanie Scheiner, Chabad of Boulder, ColoradoRadiating the Rebbe’s Mission in the RockiesBy: Chaya ChazanBy the time we moved on shlichus in 1991, most major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and Europe already had a designated shliach. We were looking to open our own Chabad house, so when a friend passed on a suggestion that didn’t work for him, we were delighted.We wrote to the Rebbe, and were given a bracha for “hatzlacha, in a way of adding and increasing.”While Boulder is known for its breathtaking beauty and halcyon hipster vi

  • 05 Jul, 2024

Rabbi Yaakov and Chanie Zucker, Chabad of the Florida Keys, Key West, FL The Key to a Jewish Heart, Part II

Rabbi Yaakov and Chanie Zucker, Chabad of the Florida Keys, Key West, FLThe Key to a Jewish Heart, Part IIBy: Chaya ChazanI was making one of my daily walks along Duval Avenue, the epicenter of Key West’s tourism, visiting the Jewish owners of each shop with a tefillin bag tucked under my arm. When I visited Danny’s store, he pointed out a curly-haired young man working across the room.“He’s Jewish,” he said in a half whisper. “He’s 17 years old, and he’s never put on tefillin before!”Of course, I immediately approached Jacob and asked

  • 11 Jun, 2024

Rabbi Yaakov and Chanie Zucker, Chabad of the Florida Keys, Key West, FL The Key to a Jewish Heart, Part I

Rabbi Yaakov and Chanie Zucker, Chabad of the Florida Keys, Key West, FLThe Key to a Jewish Heart, Part IBy: Chaya Chazan“You can try, but there aren’t many places left,” I was told when I tried finding somewhere to move on shlichus, shortly after my engagement in 1995.It was true. As hard as I looked, I couldn’t find too many options. There were already 600 shluchim in the Kinus photo! I couldn’t imagine how we could add any more to that already impressive number. —--------------------I was almost ready to give up the search for shlichu

  • 11 Jun, 2024

Rabbi Raffy and Chana Filler, Chabad at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York Igniting Inspiration in Ithaca

Rabbi Raffy and Chana Filler, Chabad at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New YorkIgniting Inspiration in IthacaBy: Chaya ChazanI had a traditional Chabad upbringing in the large Lubavitch community in Montreal. As a bochur, I was privileged to help shluchim in various parts of the world and gained firsthand familiarity of the mesiras nefesh shlichus demands.My wife was born on shlichus, growing up in Stony Brook, helping her parents teach university students about Judaism.We both added to our experience by, after our marriage, working with the Johnsons, at Chabad

  • 31 May, 2024

Rabbi Dovid and Esther Aba, Chabad B’aliyah, Jerusalem, Israel

Rabbi Dovid and Esther Aba, Chabad B’aliyah, Jerusalem, IsraelFinding My CallingBy: Chaya ChazanI was born in Nikolayev, Ukraine, to a family with little to no connection to Judaism. Other than a few, specific family members who knew some Yiddish and had some knowledge about the holidays, it really didn’t play much of a role in my life. The last religious person in my family was my great-great-grandmother. Nevertheless, everyone in my family maintained a strong sentimental connection to Judaism. That connection prompted a relative to get me into

  • 17 May, 2024

Rabbi Avrohom and Shterna Simmonds, Chabad of Regina, Canada Marching to Hashem’s Beat

Rabbi Avrohom and Shterna Simmonds, Chabad of Regina, CanadaMarching to Hashem’s BeatBy: Chaya ChazanMan plans, and G-d laughs. That’s what I reply whenever I’m asked how we landed in Regina, Saskatchewan. My wife and I both grew up with a shared dream of one day moving on shlichus. We pictured ourselves finding an opportunity in an existing Chabad house, working together with other Shluchim. Hashem had something else in mind. None of the options we investigated worked out, so we decided to widen our search to include cities that didn’t have shlu

  • 10 May, 2024

Rabbi Ari and Mushkie Rubin, Chabad of North Queensland, Cairns, Australia Remembering the Forgotten Jews

Rabbi Ari and Mushkie Rubin, Chabad of North Queensland, Cairns, AustraliaRemembering the Forgotten JewsBy: Chaya ChazanWhen I was in yeshiva, I remember a shiur given by Rabbi Bogomilsky about how to conduct after death taharos in small communities with few resources.“You may think this will never apply to you,” he said, a twinkle in his eye. “But I’m sure many of you will end up on shlichus in remote locations, and even if you don’t, this is always good information to know.”Not me, I remember thinking. I’ll be living in Melbourne, where t

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