This past Shabbos Pinchus, 19 Tamuz – 11 July, the Yeshiva Centre – Chabad Headquarters of NSW, Australia hosted the “Kinus Hakhel” for the Talmidim Hashluchim of Australia – the yearly conference of Rabbinical Students from around Australia.
Starting early on Friday morning with the Shluchim from Melbourne landing at around 7am you could already feel a change in the air. The day started with a Seder Chassidus in the Yeshiva “Zal” study Hall which was followed by Shachris, breakfast and then a most amazingly successful day of Mivtzoim to the local Jews of Sydney. 75 people put on Tefilin, hundreds of Sheva Mitzvos cards were given out, and tens of “Neshek” Shabbos candle lighting sets were distributed.
Friday night was a “Seder Sichos” with the kids from the community with whom the Shluchim of Sydney have a connection on a daily basis.
Following a Seder Nigunim and repeating a Maamer in fluent English by Hatomim Sputz, was a joyous “Kabolas Shabbos” davening with song and dance, and then the Seudas Shabbos took place. Some of the Shluchim shared Divrei Torah Torah, stories of the past days Mivtzoim, and words of inspiration on the topic of Shlichus.
Rabbi Shabsi Tayar, Mashpia and teacher in the Sydney Mesivta Farbrenged, followed by Rabbi Eli Feldman of Young Adult Chabad, and it lasted deep into the night (approx. 3:00a.m.!).
Shabbos morning there was a Seder Chassidus, followed by Davening, with some of the Shluchim joining the adult minyan, the youth minyan, the teen minyan, or general programs. Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Moro De-Asra of Chabad of Sydney and Head Shliach of the Rebbe to NSW officially welcomed the Rabbinical students in his Shabbos drosho followed by words of inspiration for them and the community based on the weekly Torah reading.
This was followed by an extremely lively Musaf by world renowned cantor Rabbi Shmuel Feldman and was followed by a Kiddush in honor of the Kinus and in merit of Mr. Tzvi Rona’s mother of blessed memory.
Seudas Shabbos was held in Yeshiva, following the kiddush, and Rabbi Dovid Slavin, Menahel of the Yeshiva Gedola, Farbrenged with the Rabbinical students till the late afternoon.
On Saturday night, the Shluchim were invited to the home of Mr. Menashe (Terry) Harkham, where there was a Melavah Malkah and camp reunion, for the Melbourne/Sydney Shluchim, after short yet inspiring words of welcome and blessing by Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Mr. Harkham shared some heartfelt words of encouragement and inspiration, as well as some personal family stories about Ezra Hasofer and Eliyahu (Elijah) the prophet.
Rabbi Daniel Kaye, Mashgiach of the Yeshiva Gedola in Sydney, shared some inspirational words regarding their Rabbinic mission, as well as stories of when he was a Rabbinical student – emissary of the Rebbe to Casablanca, Morocco.
Rabbi Eli Cohen, Rabbi and Shliach to Kensington NSW farbrenged to the wee hours of the morning (3:00a.m.)
Sunday, 8:30 in the morning, despite the late hour the previous night, there was a Seder Chassidus, and following breakfast there were Shiurim workshops by Rabbi Michoel Gurary on giving Torah classes, Rabbi Yakov Leider on fundraising and developing relationships, Rabbi Mendel Kastel of the “Jewish House” on crises intervention and positioning so as to best be able to serve the community, and Rabbi Yoram Ulman of the Russian FREE Chabad House and Sydney Beth Din on Rabbinics and Jewish law.
After Mincha all the Shluchim piled into cars and vans and were headed off to the world-famous Opera House, where they took a group photo and again did Mivtzoim. The day followed with a Tanya Shiur with Rabbi Yossi Feldman – Menahel of the Yeshiva Gedola, Sydney, Maariv, and then a Grand Banquet.
The banquet was a catered three course dinner, with speakers from both Melbourne and Sydney.
Rabbinic student Mendel Perlow said a Dvar Malchus words from the Rebbe, Levi Mentz spoke words of inspiration. Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Head shliach to NSW, spoke about the difficulties and success of Shlichus work.
We would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to. Mendel Chaiton, as well as Hanholas Hayeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah of Melbourne. Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Hanholas Hayeshiva of Sydney, Rabbi Yosef Feldman, Rabbi Sholom Dovber Feldman, Shmaya Haskelevitch and Shmuel Davidoff for working so hard to make the event the success that it was.