Photos: Chaim Perl
Despite a forecasted historic winter storm, 70 Shluchim who serve on college campuses around the world gathered last week for a three day seminar in the Hilton Newark Airport as part the Chabad on Campus Strategic Initiative Coaching Program, without a snowflake in sight.
The Chabad on Campus Strategic Initiative Coaching Program, a revolutionary peertopeer coaching program, established by Rabbi Yossy Gordon, Executive Vice President of Chabad on Campus International and directed by Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Director of Administration, pairs campus Shluchim with their fellow Shluchim who serve as their coaches. Under the guidance of professional sales trainer Mr. Mark Wilensky, the Shluchim follow an intense goal oriented program aimed at increasing fundraising and productivity.
In addition to interactive workshops, roleplaying, goal planning sessions, a Stump the Shliach panel and some actual on the spot fundraising, the Shluchim participated in an inspiring farbrengen and Chassidus shiurim.
“The Shluchim are given the support and encouragement needed to be able to approach their fundraising in an organized manner,” said Rabbi Yossy Gordon, “and we are certain that the seminar will help increase the success for all participating Shluchim.”
“Kaneh lecha chaver,” as we are taught in Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of Our Fathers), “Acquire for yourself a friend”, is the idea that the input, advice and support of a colleague is essential for success. A fellow Shliach, one who has faced the same situations and challenges, is best equipped to guide another.
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Chairman of Chabad on Campus visited the seminar and delivered an inspirational speech highlighting key directives from the Rebbe. He emphasized that, “Chabad on Campus seeks to help Campus Shluchim in all areas of their Shlichus and by providing them with this important program they are offering yet another opportunity for growth and development.”