Bring the Torah to Rural America
Shluchim need your support!
Please donate today so we can tell the shluchim, “YES! Bochurim are coming, thanks to the care of your fellow Yidden!” and arrange the flights and packages in time to arrive for Shavuos.
$600 Sponsor an airline ticket to a shliach in the West Coast, Mexico or Carribbean Islands
$400 Sponsor an airline ticket to a shliach in the Midwest
$200 Sponsor an airline ticket to a shliach in the Northeast
$100 Sponsor a care package of milchig treats for a shliach’s family
$36 Sponsor cheesecake and blintzes for a shliach’s family
For the past four years, a beautiful Shavuos Visitation program has helped shluchim living in geographically remote areas by sending them groups of Yeshiva bochurim to visit for Yom Tov.
These bochurim help make minyanim for Krias HaTorah, imbue the communities with an energetic holiday chayus, and bring powerful chizuk to the shluchim and their children.
For the shluchim’s children, the bochurim’s visit is specifically impactful, as these children often experience the most loneliness during Yom Tov at home without friends or schoolmates.
As a special bonus, the bochurim bring along a beautiful kosher care package full of milchig treats that for these “front line” shluchim families, with cheesecakes and blintzes and pizzas and other goodies that aren’t available anywhere near where they live.
The program was conceived by the Hammer family of Five Towns, who had often experienced the care and support from shluchim in remote locations on their travels and asked their local shluchim, Rabbi Zalmen and Chanie Wolowik, for an idea on how to give back to these shluchim in a meaningful way. As word of this program has spread, however, the number of shluchim requesting these special visitors has increased by leaps and bounds, with 65 shluchim families requesting bochurim this year.
With this overwhelming number of requests we are in need of outside financial support in addition to the Hammers’ generosity, to send bochurim to all 65 of these shluchim families, help them make minyanim, and turn their Yom Tov from something potentially quiet and lonely to a time full of increased simcha, chayus, and chizuk. We need your help!
Please partner with us to help these shluchim and their families celebrate a joyful Yom Tov with their families and communities!
Every gift counts and every dollar will go towards giving these special shluchim the loving care and support that they give to so many others throughout the entire year.
As we prepare to to receive the Torah b’simcha ub’pnimius, give this gift to shluchim families as well! A Yom Tov gift that will uplift their entire family and that they will remember forever.
If you would like to donate a mileage ticket or foods for the packages, or if you are a bochur who would like to participate, please contact UC@merkos302.com
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One shliach from Arkansas wrote, “**Our children benefited immensely from the bochurim’s attention - they patiently played with them for hours over the long Yom Tov and were true role models for how chassidishe bochurim behave. My son cried after Yom Tov when the bochurim left!”
“Without this program, we wouldn’t have had a Minyan on Shavuos!” said Rabbi Menachem Andrusier, Chabad shliach in the rustic town of Manchester, Vermont. “Thanks to the bochurim you sent us, our community was able to hear the Aseres Hadibros read and bring the Yom Tov spirit so powerfully to life.”
Mrs. Bassie Feldman, shlucha in Halifax, Novia Scotia, shared, “As a member of Tzivos Hashem, our son is given opportunities to mark "missions" to receive prizes. He was devastated when we had no kohanim over the entire Pesach, and he couldn’t complete his mitzvah missions through no fault of his own... When you sent us bochurim for Shavuos, one of them was a Kohen. We watched with such nachas as our son proudly and joyfully stood under his father's tallis on both days of Yom Tov for Birkas Kohanim.”
One bochur that traveled to Ashland, Oregon last year said, “The children broke out in a dance when we gave them the care package!”