The tension was palpable as seventy-six boys gathered Wednesday evening…
From the very first time that MushkyBlotner heard about MyShliAch, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.
A friend had told her about the Merkos program that works by pairing young shluchim and shluchos with older bochurim and girlsaslearning partners and sources of inspiration.
“The idea of giving young shluchos the opportunity to catch up on what they’re missing out on, and that they should have someone looking out for them, someone who understands what they’re going through – it’s something I wish I could have had as a child on shlichus,” Mushky explained. “The attention, the chizuk – it’s so important for young shluchim.”
After signing up as a volunteer that very week, Mushky was assigned a young partner – a tenyear oldshlucha from Massachusetts – and became a member of MyShliAch’s dedicated team.
Last Sunday, Mushky was amongst dozens of her fellow MyShliach mentors who gathered in Crown Heights for a breakfast honoring their work.
The MyShliAch volunteers were treated to a beautifully arranged and delicious hot breakfast, complete with a host of chefs preparing fresh smoothies, pancakes, and French toast. Colored balloons brightened each table, but the true glow came from the centerpieces of heartfelt letters of thanks written by parents from around the world.
One such parent addressed the gathered crowd.
“The time that my daughter learns with her MyShliAch mentor is absolutely sacred to her,” said Mrs. Bassie Marcus of Mission Viejo, CA. “Nothing can interfere; not even a doctor’s appointment!” Even more impressive than the learning, she continued, is the level of influence and encouragement her daughter’s mentor has in personal matters. Her daughter even called her grandmother to wish her a happy birthday upon her MyShliAch mentor’s suggestion.
ChayaMushkaMoscowitz, Coordinator of MyShliAch Girls and ChayoleiTzivosHashem, stressed the volunteers’ vital role in the Rebbe’s promise to shluchim. “The Rebbe told the shluchim that their children’s chinuch will be his responsibility,” she said. “By assisting in this area, you are a direct shliach of the Rebbe.”
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, of MerkosL’inyoneiChinuch and founder of MyShliach, encouraged the volunteers to write in to the Rebbe and report on the work they do with their young shluchos. “The Rebbe wants to hear our good news,” he said.
At the close of the program, each girl was given an umbrella featuring the MyShliAch logo. The gift, while definitely weather-appropriate, held deeper meaning for Mushky.
“That’s what our job really is,” she said. “Providing a Chassidishe refuge forour young Shluchos.
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