By COLlive reporter
Photos by Diel
Emphasizing the theme of this year’s Kinus, of “Ishu’beiso,” Mrs. Aidel Kuraveky of Moscow, Russia, told the shluchos last night, “Shlichus is our family and family is our shlichus, when those two meet harmoniously, that is the most beautiful thing ever.”
Kuraveky was speaking at the General Session of the Motzei Shabbos program of the International Conference of Shluchos, held in the main ballroom of Oholei Torah in Crown Heights.
Coordinated by Mrs. Bassi Feldman of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the program has seen tremendous growth in the past few years.
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Chairman of the International kinus, sounded proud.
“While once we just had a Melave Malkah, now there is the Shluchos resource fair, the main general session and a special video presentation,” he noted, as his and his staff’s mind was already on the next day’s gala banquet.
Mrs. Devorah L. Deitsch of Fort Washington in Pennsylvania, chaired the evening’s general session, which was filled with inspirational speeches and an emotional musical tribute.
Deitsch spoke of “that special feeling” that people walk away with after visiting shluchim’s homes.
“When people walk into our homes and feel the warmth, love, modesty and beautiful family life, they walk away amazed and want to be able to connect to it and bring that feeling into their own homes.”
Dietsch continued by saying, “That, my friends, is the power of “Ish u’beiso.”
Focusing on the idea of modesty and how it relates to our family life, Mrs. Ella Lerman, an advocate for tzinus, conveyed to the Shluchos that, “It is our obligation to teach and impart this most important issue, you shluchos are the role models.”
A group of Shluchos from Maryland then presented a moving musical tribute in honor of three shluchos who passed away this year – Zlata Geisinsky Maryland, Esty Cohen of Manchester and Pessia Matusof of Morocco.
Concluding the evening was a crowd pleasing and fun-filled interactive game show titled, “Shluchos are winners,” which saw shluchos from around the world win exciting prizes.