Meet the Shlichim: Batya and Yehuda Strul

Batya and Yehuda Strul
Tucuman, Argentina

Rabbi Yehuda is the Assistant Rabbi and Batya is the school Principal in in Tucuman, Argentina. They have been on shlichut for a year and a half. 

Adi – 3
Efrat – 1
And be’H another on the way…

Tell us about the community you’re in:
This is a small and special community comprised of all ages, from 0 to 120 – children, youth, students, young couples, older people; so there is a lot of work and it is quite varied as each age group requires the appropriate treatment. Our main role is to bring Jews closer to Judaism. In addition to the fact that Batya runs the school, she is of course also a rebbetzin and mikva attendant.

What did you receive from the Straus-Amiel Educational Emissary Training Progam and the Claudia Cohen Women Educator Institute? 
So, so much! In addition to everything, we learned from Rabbi and Rebbetzin Birnbaum how to think big and not to be afraid of challenges, from Rabbi Benji how to think creatively, from Rabbi Yehoshua how to think honestly and deeply and aim for truth, and from Rabbi Dani we learned what caring is and the importance of paying attention to small details.

What message would you like to impart regarding shlichut?
There is nothing more beautiful in the world than to see hearts open and see people growing closer. There is nothing to fear. Shlichut relies on siyata dishmaya, the help of God, like what was written about Moshe Rabbeinu, “And I will be with your mouth…” In any case, to go on shlichut through Straus-Amiel means you have a strong backbone of support behind you. 

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