Roving Rabbis spread the Torah’s message of unity

August 4, 2009

By Hunter Deiglmeier

By Greg Farrar Rabbis Gedalya Lieberman (left) and Shimon Rivkin use this Hyundai automobile in their Roving Rabbi ministry to connect with the Jewish community and spread the faith in the Issaquah area.

By Greg Farrar Rabbis Gedalya Lieberman (left) and Shimon Rivkin use this Hyundai automobile in their Roving Rabbi ministry to connect with the Jewish community and spread the faith in the Issaquah area.

Since 1943, the Roving Rabbis program has been impacting the lives of Jews around the world.

This summer, two Roving Rabbis — Rabbi Shimon Rivkin and Rabbi Gedalya Lieberman — are here in the Issaquah and Sammamish area, striving to connect with the Jewish community.

Roving Rabbis are Jewish students who are eager to spread Judaism as they travel around the globe to bring “Torah, joy and warmth to Jews in thousands of cities in over 150 countries,” according to the Web site, www.chabad.org.

“We stress the great idea of unity,” Rivkin said. “People are so nice here in Issaquah. We are happy to share with them the idea of unity.”

Although the main focus of the Roving Rabbis in Issaquah is to exemplify unity, another goal is to spread Jewish awareness, Lieberman said.Both men have been traveling around Issaquah and Sammamish together in order to reach out to the Jewish community that lives here and help people “discover their Jewish roots,” Lieberman said.

Communicating with the rabbis is not only a learning experience for the Jewish community. It’s also a way “to learn about different communities and to have different experiences,” he said.

Rivkin said his experiences with the Roving Rabbis program have been “definitely very enjoyable.”

The job is “particularly enjoyable, because of the warm welcome I received in Issaquah,” Lieberman added.

The Roving Rabbis program is sponsored by Merkos L’lnyonel Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, through which all travel expenses are paid.

Meet them

Rivkin and Lieberman will remain in the Issaquah and Sammamish area for about two more weeks. Reach them by calling Rivkin at 813-789-3567 or Lieberman at 347-598-4820.

Reach intern Hunter Deiglmeier at isspress@isspress.com

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One Response to “Roving Rabbis spread the Torah’s message of unity”

  1. Linda on August 6th, 2009 2:57 pm

    Remember the episode from Norther exposure where Joel Fleischman’s uncle dies and Joel is looking for minyan?

    He has a dream in which 9 Jewish riders appear under the slogan: Have Torah, will travel.

    Of course Joel decides to pray with his “community”, but there is also the unification aspect of people dispersed by history yet willing to come be with one in need.

    Something to learn.

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