By COLlive reporter
110 people – serving as mentors in the My Shliach program – met on Motzoei Shabbos at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights for a friendly get-together with Chinese food and sushi.
They spoke about their mission as being a big brother to a child of a Chabad Shliach. While these children don’t always have a positive environment in their cities, the mentors offer them guidance and an open ear in their weekly phone conversation.
Some married, others still bochurim, the mentors discussed challenges and the needs of Shluchim’s children at the event.
Director of My Shliach Berel Frankel told participants he plans on launching My Shliach Live – an online service so the children will be able to see their mentors while they converse.
They also watched a new JEM video about the Rebbe and sensitivity and heard from Zalman Shimon Wolf, a mentor who got involved after hearing what an impact the program has.
“If you must miss a conversation please notify in advance,” Mendy Shanowitz, coordinator of the mentors, asked. “They very much look forward to this and depend on it.”
In response, founder of My Shliach and Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky said: “You cannot miss even one conversation. The children need this. I can’t tell you how many Shluchim who have children in the program come over and thank me for this.”
He went on to say, “even if you are on a Shidduch date, you can’t miss a My Shliach call. Stop your date for 15 minutes and call the young Shliach. Trust me, your nadden (dowry) will triple.”
His son Mendy Kotlarsky introduced other Merkos programs that are integrated with My Shliach, such as the father and son learning projects and Chayolei Tzivos Hashem school initiative.