The Mizrachi World Movement, in partnership with the WZO’s Center for Spiritual Services in the Diaspora, convened an emotional send-off event for more than 300 Religious Zionist shlichim and shlichot in Jerusalem. The event was organized by Ohad Tal, head of our Religious Zionist Shlichut Center. Its purpose was to advocate for and strengthen the shlichim as they embark on the critical mission of bolstering the Jewish identity in communities around the world – the only way to fight the assimilation of Am Yisrael.
The convention hosted shlichim from Torah MiTzion, World Bnei Akiva, the Bat Ami national service, the Mizrachi ‘Shalhevet’ program, Lavi Olami, Machon Amiel, The Jewish Agency and Morim Shlichim.
The Minister of Education and Diaspora, Naftali Bennett, complimented the shlichim for their willingness to go on shlichut. He emphasized that never in our history have we lost so many of our people to assimilation. He shared that his parents were shlichim themselves, and how he learnt that personal connections and loving each Jew are the keys to a successful shlichut.
Rav Haim Druckman, Head of Merkaz Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, addressed the shlichim and spoke of the importance of leaving our comfort zones in Israel and going on shlichut. Mrs. Miriam Peretz reminded us of the great merit of living a life of shlichut and giving for Am Yisrael. Additional speakers included Gael Grunewald, Chairman of the Settlement Department in the WZO, Rav Doron Perez and Rav Yechiel Wasserman, Head of The Department for Spiritual Services in The Diaspora.
The attendees also enjoyed a satirical performance in English – entitled Stayin’ Alive –developed by the Mizrachi World Movement featuring two hilarious Israeli comedians, Noam Jacobson and Gadi Weissbart. The show dealt with being an Israeli abroad during these turbulent times of anti-Semitism, accusations of apartheid and the BDS movement.
We wish all the shlichim Hatzlacha Rabba!