Rabbi Shneur and Chana Cadaner are shluchim to the Quad Cities, a small town in rural America, straddling the border of Iowa and Illinois.
Now, you might know a lot of shluchim. And every shliach does amazing work. They have incredible impact, build impressive buildings, make dozens of baalei teshuvah, all while raising beautiful families. Shluchim are true superheroes.
So I won’t spend your time with impact stories and miraculous tales of how remarkable this young couple is.
The Cadaners have been on shlichus for sixteen years—and they’re still waiting for their miracle. The Quad Cities in the heart of the Midwest is not glamorous by any stretch. It’s far away from everything, and it’s not particularly affluent or famous. It’s just a typical place in heartland America.
Shneur and Chana have plugged through sixteen years of hard work, plain and simple. One by one, they touch another person here, another person there, and in their own way, go to bed at night knowing that they’ve done whatever they can—and beyond that.
Jewish life in their town isn’t without its challenges. They’ve faced opposition from within and without, with other interested parties along the way looking to thwart their efforts and keep Chabad from thriving.
They plugged through that as well.
That they’ve gotten this far is a miracle in its own right.
And now, they finally have their chance for a miracle. They’ve secured a building that is just right for what they need, an anchor to once and for all establish themselves in their makom hashlichus. When they told me that they would finally be able to build a mikvah in this building, their excitement was so palpable, it lit up the telephone. That’s what gets them going: the chance to bring real Yiddishkeit to a place where it otherwise would never have reached.
Shneur and Chana Cadaner have worked very hard to raise an enormous amount of money for this building. It’s really quite beyond their normal hasagos, but the opportunity is just too good to pass up. It’s right near their house, it’s big enough to finally host that mikvah they’re so excited about, and it’s in the right part of town.
But, after appealing to every last resource, they are still 50k short. 50k—that’s it! The money must be in by tomorrow. We can’t let this opportunity slip away from these tei’ere chassidim. We have to make this happen!
So, will you help them?