As part of a seven-decade-old program dubbed the Roving Rabbis, two rabbis are visiting the Cape Region for community outreach on behalf of Chabad of Delaware.
Rabbis Yossi Elberg and Levi Meshulovin, who reside in New York, will conduct their visits during the first weeks of July.
They will be reaching out to members of the Jewish community in the region, most often in one-on-one home visitations. They will be listening, talking and sharing as they seek to reinvigorate people's Jewish connections and offer services that might not be available on a regular basis. They will offer opportunities to affix traditional Mezuzot on homes, and foster understanding of other observances and practices.
For the young rabbis, this summer assignment will also provide an invaluable on-the-ground experience in Jewish outreach and the specific challenges of smaller Jewish communities, as well as a unique appreciation for the diverse composition and needs of the Jewish communities in southern Delaware.
Currently, Rabbi Sholom and Chanale Vogel of Chabad of Delaware have been offering weekly Zoom classes, biweekly in-person classes and discussions at the Lewes library as well as Jewish holiday celebrations. Chabad of Delaware was established in 1987 and serves the state with eight full-time staff in lower Delaware, Wilmington and Newark.
Conceived by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory, in the early 1940s, the visitation program has been credited with bolstering and rejuvenating countless Jewish communities and individuals around the world.
The program has seen rabbinical students visit more than 100 countries around the globe and every one of the United States, and this year, 350 Chabad Rabbis have been dispatched to Jewish communities in Asia, Europe, the Americas and beyond.
For more information or to request a visit, email RabbiSholom@chabadDE.com.