By COLlive reporter
Chabad communities, schools and shuls in California are uniting for an unprecedented gathering to strengthen the spiritual well-being and Jewish pride of boys and girls.
Organizers are expecting some 300 children at the “Unzere Kinder Convention” which will be taking place over Shabbos Beshalach, 10 Shvat 5774 – the anniversary of the Rebbe accepting the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.
It will be held in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and hosted by the junior congregation “Kol Yakov Yehuda – The Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners.”
“Shluchim around the globe are empowering Jewish children at-large, but we have to stand up and empower our own as well,” explained Rabbi Mendel Duchman, the driving force behind the convention.
Supporting it are Kol Avraham, Bais Betzalel, Chabad of SOLA, Shaarei Tefillah, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Chabad of Hancock Park, Conejo Jewish Day School and Cheder Menachem in Los Angeles.
“It will be the first of its kind and we will be saluting and empowering Lubavitcher kinder,” Duchman told COLlive. “Our goal for the entire weekend is to light Chabad’s future lamplighters – the leaders of tomorrow.”
The convention will consist of davening, learning, meals and workshops led by some of Southern California’s leading Chabad educators, mashpi’im and inspiring individuals.
A guest speaker will be the veteran children’s activist, Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum, program director of Tzivos Hashem International, who will be coming in from New York with his wife, Mrs. Zeldie Weinbaum, who grew up on Shlichus in California.
Participants will be housed by local families in Hancock Park where they will be eating on Friday night. The joint Shabbos day meal will be prepared and served by Mendel Goldman Catering.
“We will ensure that your children will be fed the most delicious and nutritious food throughout the Shabbos,” Duchman noted, “with a sprinkling of candy and nosh in moderation.”
The crescendo of Shabbos will be a musical farbrengen on Motzoei Shabbos featuring local parents and singing duo, Shmuly and Bentzi Marcus, better known to the world as the 8th Day Band.
“The children will be imbued with chassidishe pride and empowered with tools to be the lamplighters of the Jewish future of tomorrow,” said Duchman.
For more info, visit unzerekinder.com