Dear Crown Heights residents,
My father is on his way to New York for the Kinus Hashluchim and I wanted to take the opportunity to email about something that’s been irking me for a while.
In more than one article here about tuition problems Crown Heightchers are experiencing, comments were complaining that Shluchim gets discount rates and that lots of money is donated to Chabad Houses instead of local mosdos.
So in this email I’d like to point something out. You probably know this already, but by putting all the pieces together you might start thinking differently.
Shluchim indeed enjoy some discounts when sending their children to schools in Crown Heights. When new Shluchim head out there’s many that give them donations as start-up money before they begin activity.
And after the Shliach and Shlucha get established in their new location and start serving their community, they already start giving back to the Crown Heights community. Here’s how:
During yomim tovim, many Chabad Houses get their daled minim from Crown Heights, order sukkahs and mats from Crown Heights, buy Menorahs and kits from Crown Heights, Purim baskets and hamantashen from Crown Heights, Shmura Matza from Crown Heights… you get the picture.
Shluchim purchase practically all their seforim, such as Siddurim, Machzorim, sets of Likkutei Sichos and Maamorim, in Crown Heights. How about Gefilte fish, meat, dairy products, baked goods, Judaica and DVDs? Yup, in Crown Heights.
Then there’s the services Shluchim and Shluchos get from professionals in from Crown Heights: The graphic designers, printers, kapota and hats stores and seamstresses. Add halls and catering and florists and music, if they’re making a wedding in Crown Heights.
Then there’s the Chabad Houses who employ many single boys and girls from Crown Heights and the Chabad Centers in the Tri State area that hire married people from Crown Heights for office work, accounting and teaching jobs.
And there are entire institutions whose main income is serving Shluchim: Jewish Learning Institute, Chabad.org, Shluchim Office, Tzivos Hashem etc.
They also bring many Baalei Battim over the year, who purchase Judaica, food, and books, in Crown Heights. Ask any store along Kingston, Albany and Empire about the Kinus being a bonanza time for them…
I’m sure I’ve missed some other points but you get the point. Shluchim benefit from Crown Heights and Crown Heights benefits from the Shluchim. So why don’t we all stop being so judgmental towards each other and focus on what we need to do to give the Rebbe some nachas.
A daughter of Shluchim