Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch

Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch (Hebrew: מרכז לענייני חינוך, lit. Central Organization for Education) is the central educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. it was founded in 1943 by the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, who appointed his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who would later become the seventh Rebbe, as its chairman and director. Today Rabbi Sholom Mendel Simpson serves as Chairman.

Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch is the official body responsible for establishing Chabad centers across the globe.

Organizational structure

Picture of room '302'

Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch has these divisions:

Roving Rabbis

One of the most publicized divisions is the Merkos Shlichus division, which dispatches pairs of young rabbinical students, colloquially known as Roving Rabbis, to small and isolated Jewish communities around the world. Hundreds of rabbinical students participate in the Passover and summer visitation programs, building Jewish awareness and spreading Torah knowledge.[13][14][15] To date, the program has sent students to more than 150 countries.[7]

The Rabbinical Student Visitation Program began in 1943, when Rabbi Schneerson dispatched the first pairs of students to ten cities in Upstate New York. Cities in California were added to the program in 1944, as were cities in the Southern United States in 1945. By 1948, the summer program numbered 20 students and 100 American cities. Students were also sent to Jewish farmers residing throughout the Northeastern United States, many of whom were European immigrants. The students were sent in pairs, usually one American student and one European-immigrant student.[7]

In the early 1950s, the Rebbe added international destinations to the summer program, personally consulting maps and planning the itineraries.[7]

Currently, 400 Roving Rabbis participate in the annual summer program. They distribute thousands of mezuzot, other religious articles such as tefillin and kosher food, and tens of thousands of Jewish information packets each year.[7]

The students interact with both individuals and families. They often go door to door, teaching women how to light Shabbat candles and showing men how to put on tefillin for the first time. They speak about Jewish education, answer questions, and give bar mitzvah lessons.[13]

Their visits are often anticipated by the local population. On their 2010 swing through the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, for example, the two Roving Rabbis were summoned to the office of Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman, who is Jewish. Eman spoke with them about Jewish heritage, listened as they blew the shofar (it was the Hebrew month of Elul, when the shofar is blown daily in synagogues), and donned a pair of tefillin. After completing their visit to the islands, the students returned to the Prime Minister's office so he could put on tefillin again, and he asked them to arrange for him to have his own pair of tefillin.[16]

The Roving Rabbis share their experiences and communicate with each other on their own blog site.[17]

See also


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  2. "". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  3. "Jewish Educational Media". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  4. "About Us". 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  5. "The Jewish Learning Network". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  6. "Kehot Publication Society". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 "About the Student Summer Visitation Program". Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  8. "The National Campus Office". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  9. "The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  10. "The Office of Education". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  11. "The Shluchim Exchange". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  12. "The Shluchim Office". 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  13. 1 2 Berman, Alanna (September 2010). "Special Delivery". San Diego Jewish Journal. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  14. Donath, Mirjam (4 May 2009). "The Search for Jews in Ireland". Beyond the Brogue. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  15. Tester, Laura (30 July 2009). "Judaism in a Suitcase". Red Deer Advocate. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  16. Marks, Yehudah. Jewish Prime Minister of Aruba Orders Pair of Tefillin. Hamodia, World News, 2 September 2010, p. B42.
  17. "Roving Rabbis blog". Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center. Retrieved 25 September 2010.

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