As part of a seven-decade-old program dubbed “The Roving Rabbis,” two rabbinical students will visit more than 40 cities throughout Arizona as part of their community outreach training. The young rabbis-in-training will spend their summer on the road, reaching out to members of the Jewish community in the region – most often in one-on-one home visitations – listening and speaking with them as they seek to reinvigorate people’s Jewish connections.
Rabbis Mendel Slonim and Berele Marozov started their journey on July 30 and will continue for two weeks.
For the rabbis-in-training, this summer assignment provides an invaluable on-the-ground experience in Jewish outreach and the specific challenges of smaller Jewish communities, as well as a unique appreciation for the diverse composition and needs of the Jewish community. The program was conceived by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, in the early 1940s.
“The goal is to make Judaism accessible and relevant to every Jew, wherever they may be,” says Rabbi Zalman Levertov, regional director of Chabad of Arizona, who oversees the program.
The program has seen rabbinical students visit more than 100 countries around the globe and every one of the United States, this year 350 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students have been dispatched to Jewish communities in Asia, Europe, the Americas and beyond.
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