Every Shliach remembers the days when they were first starting out on shlichus, working hard to navigate the complexities of running a Chabad House.
Some shluchim are still there.
The “New Shliach Track” at this year’s International Kinus Hashluchim in Brooklyn, NY, will have workshops specifically addressing shluchim in the first stage of their shlichus, which can be as many as five years in.
“These shluchim have a unique set of challenges to deal with, that veteran shluchim may have already mastered,” say organizers at Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch.
Los Angeles-based Rabbi Mendel Duchman will present a workshop to train new shluchim in the art of fundraising.
There will be a session on accounting, setting up your 501(c)3, and how to properly comply with federal laws and regulations. For all those complicated halacha questions, there will be a special session focusing on shaalos that come up during the first years.
New shluchim will also hear from senior shluchim as they share answers they got from the Rebbe when they started out.
Typically, these answers offer solutions on how to interact with existing Jewish organizations and synagogues.
In addition, a panel of shluchim who have entered the “second stage” will discuss what worked and what didn’t work for them in trying to build a community.