Winter Camp Kicks Off For Young Shluchim

100 young Shluchim from across the US and around the world converged on Glendale, CA for the MyShliach Tzeirei Hashluchim West Coast Winter Camp, strengthening their connection to their fellow Shluchim and joint mission.

This week, one hundred young Shluchim from across the US and around the world converged on Glendale, California, for the 11th annual MyShliach Tzeirei Hashluchim West Coast Winter Camp. From England to Australia and all across the United States, these young ambassadors of Yiddishkeit have come together to strengthen their connection to their fellow Shluchim and joint mission.

The week-long camp emphasizes group activities and bonding, fostering friendships that will last a lifetime. The counselors, many of whom have previously served as head staff in other camps worldwide, have joined this mission due to their deep dedication to the Rebbe’s young Shluchim.

“This camp is not just a camp; it’s a family. The support and unity of the staff and campers extend far beyond these eight days; it lasts the entire year,” said Rabbi Zalmy Kudan, Director of the Camp, “We hope to provide these young Shluchim with a nurturing environment where they can grow and learn together.”

The camp is directed by experienced camp directors Rabbi Zalmy and Shterna Kudan and Rabbi Mendel and Rochel Loschak, Shluchim in S. Barbara, California.

“This powerful week is a lifeline for the young Shluchim. It provides them with the tools and support they need to fulfill their mission with enthusiasm and dedication,” said Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, Executive Director of Merkos 302. “It is our utmost priority to ensure that the Yaldei Hashluchim have all they need spiritually, physically, and emotionally; this program is a critical part of that mission.”

At the heart of the camp’s agenda is an in-depth learning program focusing on Moshiach, the central theme of Shlichus. The campers will also gain a comprehensive understanding of their role as Shluchim, combining both the Nigla and Chassidus perspectives.

“In today’s world, it’s crucial for young Shluchim to have a space where they can connect with and be strengthened by their peers from around the world,” says Rabbi Mendy Shanowitz, Director of MyShliach at Merkos 302.” This camp embodies the global Shlichus family, empowering these young ambassadors to positively influence their surroundings back in their Makom Hashlichus.”

Support for this unforgettable experience for the young Shluchim was provided by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, Mr. Shmuel Aizenberg, Mr. Sholom Leyton, Mr. Yosef Gorowitz, and many other generous individuals without whom all of this would be impossible.

The camp is organized and run by Shluchim for Shluchim. The executive committee overseeing the camp’s funding and operations are California Shluchim Rabbi Simcha Backman, Rabbi Nachman Abend, and Rabbi Shlomo Bistritsky.

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