In order to bring in young, vibrant men to the Chabad of East Boca community, Rabbi Ruvi New, the director and spiritual leader of the Chabad, three years ago founded a Rabbinical Seminary affiliated with the Chabad (located at 120 N.E. First Ave. in Boca Raton).
New said: “Our rabbinical students bring a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm, as well as providing valuable service to the community they interact with. They are our ambassadors of spreading Judaism to the Boca community, helping with many programs for the youth and elderly especially.”
Rabbinical students for the Chabad come from all over the world. New said the one-year program, which runs from September to June, is part of the process by which a Chabad student can become a Chabad rabbi when he is ready to start his own family and settle down.
New said that even if the students don’t become rabbis for a Chabad community, going to rabbinical seminary is the “best way for a young man to immerse himself in Torah and learn what it means to be a good Jew.”
There are 12 seminary students in the Chabad of East Boca class, who will graduate on June 18. New is the dean of the seminary, assisted by Rabbi Berel Gurary as principal.
The rabbinical students include: Zalman Abend (North Hollywood, Calif.), Yisroel Beenstock (Manchester, England), Baruch Dorfman (St. Paul, Minn.), Dovid Drodi (St. Paul, Minn.), Benny Druin (North Miami Beach), Mendel Edelman (Crown Heights — Brooklyn, N.Y.), Levi Green (Hollywood, Fla.), Shmuel Kurtz (Chicago), Shmuel Lipszyz (Crimea, Ukraine), Levi Partouche (Montpellier, France), Yisroel Rendler (Crown Heights — Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Yisroel Simpson (Crown Heights — Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Said Green: “We’re just the foot soldiers of the Great Rebbe Schneerson, who had a vision that his Chassidim would spread the love and joy of Judaism to Jews all over the world.”
For more information about the Chabad of East Boca, or the rabbinical seminary, visit chabadbocabeaches.com, or call Rabbi New at 561-245-1579.