Making that connection to the Rebbe – with their friends, online.
We all want our kids to be connected to the Rebbe. But what if your child didn’t grow up in a place with a school and community to help foster that connection? No local programs: no mesibas shabbos, no after school programs, nothing for chassidishe yomim tovim, and no chance to visit the Ohel…
Shluchim are there for their communities, but who is there for them?
In the weeks and months leading up to Yud Alef Nissan, The Shluchim Office helped hundreds of young shluchos gain an appreciation for the Rebbe’s teachings and perspective by learning letters from the Rebbe.
Each day the young shluchos learned a new letter of the Rebbe, were tested on the content and received prizes for excellence. The campaign had excited girls organizing cross-country study groups on Google hangouts to prepare for the tests. “The objective was to provide the young shluchim with a new appreciation for the Rebbe’s letters and what they can teach us, a chassidishe perspective and the Rebbe’s outlook on real-life issues.” said Rabbi Gedalya Shemtov, director of the Shluchim Office.
The culmination was a live online Chidon, in which the winners received tickets to New York to represent all the girls who participated at the Rebbe’s Ohel.
The winners, Sarah Hodakov of Clearwater, FL and Nechama Schmerling of Venice, FL arrived in New York just last weekend were treated to a full day of inspiration and fun.
In the words of one of the winners:
Dear Shluchim Office,
I can’t believe I’m already back home! The fun-filled day we spent together feels like ages ago and I keep wishing I could go back to NY! I really feel so privileged to have been able to have this opportunity of not just going on this amazing trip, but to have participated in such a special campaign.
We had such a packed day from meeting us at the airport with yummy milkshakes and an adorable welcome sign, to all our awesome trips like bike riding, touring WLCC, dining at the best places – we really went from one thing to the next. But one thing that really sticks out was us going to the Ohel.
Going to the Ohel is always special, but this time, after spending months learning four letters from the Rebbe’s Igros Kodesh each week, taking quizzes and a final test, reviewing and reviewing and reviewing some more, visiting the Ohel really did have an extra special feeling to it. Being able to represent all the other shluchos who joined in the Igros Kodesh Campaign was so amazing, not to mention the inspiring car-ride farbrengen we had on the way there 😉
All in all, I have no words to describe how super this trip was, I loved every minute and second of it, and I want to say thank you SO much to all those who were involved in organizing the ENTIRE campaign, Chidon, and trip!!!
-Sarah Hodakov, Clearwater, FL
Just because a child is far away on Shlichus does not mean that they should lose out on Chassidishe Chinuch or their connection to the Rebbe. Together, we support the Shluchim and their families.