Over 100 Chabad Mechanchim gathered for a special farbrengen with Crown Heights rov Rabbi Shmuel Bluming and Morristown magid shiur Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz allowing them to recharge and uplift their chinuch impact.
Each year, on Yud Tes Kislev, Crown Heights is blessed with an abundance of special farbrengens. But there is one farbrengen that earns special recognition: the annual Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen for mechanchim arranged by Lubavitch chinuch organization Igud Hamelamdim.
This year, 100 mechanchim, each a community influencer in their own circle, came together to reenergize their passion for chinuch with Chassidus and chassidishe values. At a fully catered lavish seuda, nigunim with musical accompaniment were sung, and the teachers farbrenged and danced late into the night.
If farbrenging on Yud-Tes Kislev is critical for any chossid, all the more so for a mechanech upon whom a classroom of children depends for spiritual enthusiasm! That is why Igud Hamelamdim arranges over the year farbrengens and conventions to keep our mechanchim inspired.
On Monday evening, over 100 Chabad Mechanchim gathered in the Kolel hall for an invigorating farbrengen with Rabbi Shmuel Bluming, rov in Crown Heights and veteran mechanech at Beis Medrash Oholei Torah, and Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz, shliach in Suffern NY and veteran mechanech at the Morristown Yeshiva.
“It was amazing,” shared a fourth-grade rebbi, “the sense of achdus among the teachers was beautiful. Senior, veteran teachers mixed with fresh beginners. The feeling was that we’re all doing the same thing: creating the next generation of chassidim.”
Igud Hamelamdim director, Rabbi Avrohom Bluming, shared, “We source and hire a broad range of renowned, high-impact mechanchim from far and near, to farbreng and share their expertise, chinuch methodology tools and secrets of influence, while simultaneously tapping into the theme of the day to inspire the teacher.
“Though we host extensive courses and seminars throughout the year on the techniques of teaching, nothing compares to the impact of a farbrengen. That’s where the melamdim focus on their identity and mission as a chassidishe melamed. They sit together with fellow Lubavitcher melamdim, to hear and discuss what chassidishe chinuch is meant to be.”
Each farbrengen delivers invaluable lessons to help teachers improve their hadracha and provides a surge of inspiration to warm and fuel their motivation until the next gathering. Thus, a Mechanchim Farbengen has a two-fold effect, uplifting not only the teachers, but through them, their students.
Photos: Shimi Hershkop