By COLlive reporter
When the former Soviet Union will be called out during the roll call of the gala banquet of International Kinus Hashluchim convention this week, 4 new names will be on the list.
Rabbi Chaim Chazzan, Rabbi Eliyahu Cheifer, Rabbi Menacham Mendel Feldman and Rabbi Dovid Altman are now part of the growing family of Chabad Shluchim in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
Some 40 shluchim couples operate today in the city where the Rebbe was raised as a child and where his saintly father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson OBM, served as chief rabbi and keeper of the Jewish flame under Soviet rule.
The new rabbis and their rebbetzins were warmly welcomed by Head Shliach and Chief Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki and his wife Chana, as well as Rabbi Meyer and Sara Stambler of the Beit Chana Institute and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok and Sara Glick of Tzivos Hashem in CIS.
The new shluchim are strengthening existing moisdos and establishing new ones, said a statement from the local Jewish community. With the coming of the new shluchim, the Chinuch opportunities for Yaldei hashluchim have expanded.
Rabbi Chazzan will serve as Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbi Cheifer will serve as mashgiach and mashpia at the Mesivta (Yeshiva Ketana) for children of Shluchim which is supported by Reb Raphael Rutman, Mr. Igor Chervonenko and Mr. Eduardo Azar from London.
Their wives, Mrs. Rivki Chazzan (nee Weinberg) and Mrs. Maryashya Cheifer (nee Vilenkin) will teach at the girls school, Beis Chaya Mushka. Cheifer is the great-granddaughter of Rabbi Shneor Zalman Vilenkin, the Rebbe’s childhood teacher.
Rabbi Feldman will be a maggid shiur at the Yeshivas Beis Levi Yitzchok and a mashpia for the Chabad anash community in Dnepropetrovsk. His wife, Mrs. Malki Feldman (nee Rivkin) will direct and teach at the Beit Chana women’s institute.
Also teaching at Beit Chana will be Rabbi Altman in the role of educator. He will also give classes in the framework of the Shiurei Tora organization. His wife, Mrs. Elisheva Altman (nee Vachtman), will be involved with women’s activities.