By COLlive reporter
The sound and vigor of learning has returned to the Lubavitch Yeshiva of Detroit at the Zekelman Campus in Oak Park as the new school year opened this week with a new addition and a restructuring of the faculty.
“The new zman began with a chayus and a seder,” reported the directors Rabbi Mendel Shemtov and Rabbi Benzion Stein in a letter to parents describing the excitement with which bochurim began learning.
In addition to Rabbi Shemtov serving as interim principal of Shiur Aleph and Beis, Rabbi Menachem Shusterman is the Menahel of Shiur Gimmel and Daled in a recent restructuring that combined the Mesivta and Zal under one administration.
The senior staff are Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Gershon Steinmetz and Head Mashpia Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Gourarie. Staff include Rabbi Levi Gordon, Rabbi Mendel Scharf and Rabbi Yisroel Slavaticki.
The newest addition to the faculty is Rabbi Shmaya Shmotkin, the respected Shliach who served as Rabbi of The Shul in Bayside, Wisconsin and Director of the Friendship Circle of Milwaukee.
“We are anticipating a great contribution by his involvement with the talmidim,” Rabbis Shemtov and Stein wrote. “His qualities and capabilities are outstanding in many areas pertaining to chinuch of talmidim.”
Parents have received the news with enthusiasm. “I know Reb Shmaya to be a dedicated chossid that has always shown his commitment to the Rebbe, his teachings and instructions, out of both love and fear,” commented Paris Shliach Rabbi Levi Azimov.
“Especially in current times when the younger generation seeks the truthful path and clear approach shown by the Rebbe, Reb Shmaya and the hanhala will be dedicated with heart and soul to the talmidim, materially and spiritually, helping them grow to be chassidim and tmimim.”