Over 2,000 Israeli backpackers joined the Pesach Seder in Cusco, Peru, and 20 bochurim came on Merkos Shlichus to help the local shluchim with the crowds.
It was a packed Pesach season at the Chabad House of Cusco, Perú, under the shluchim Rabbi Ofer and Rebbetzin Yael Kripor, with over two thousand Israeli backpackers joining the Pesach Seder.
Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, over 11,000 feet above sea level, was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Today, it’s a tourist hotspot for Israeli backpackers who finished the army and travel through South America.
The shluchim work tirelessly around the year, to enhance the experience of every visitor. The Chabad House is home to both dairy and meat kosher restaurants, minyanim around the clock, learning classes, and all kinds of fun interactive Jewish activities.
Ahead of the huge crowds expected for Pesach, over two thousand chickens and ten cows were properly slaughtered to accommodate the thousands of Jewish guests who passed through the city this month alone.
To help with the sedorim, 20 bochurim were flown down by Merkos under their Merkos Shlichus program to help out the shluchim and ensure that many tourists will be able to celebrate a kosher and joyous Pesach, even in the Peruvian city of Cusco.
Following the conclusion of the hectic Yom Tov, the festivities continued with a celebratory ‘mimouna’, a traditional feast that marks the end of Pesach.