Meet the Shlichim: Malka and Eliezer Shai diMartino

Malka and Eliezer Shai DiMartino
Lausanne, Switzerland

Rabbi Eliezer Shai and Malka are the Rabbi and Rabbanit of the Jewish community in Lausanne, Switzerland – a position they have been in for two and a half years. Their career as emissaries, however, began 14 years ago when they graduated the OTS training programs. 

Children: 
Simcha – 14
Yocheved – 13
Nechama Tziona – 12
Avraham Vincent – 5
Miriam Yaffa – 2

Tell us about your position and the community you’re in:

Lausanne is a unique community – it’s too small to be considered large, and too large to be considered small… In previous positions we served as Rabbi and Rabbanit of Lisbon, Portugal and Trieste, Italy. 

What did you receive from the Straus-Amiel Rabbinical Emissary Training Progam and the Claudia Cohen Women Educator Institute? 

So much – both during our training as well as now that we are out in the field. But in one sentence: the ongoing accompaniment of the staff from the emissary programs make all the difference for us. 

What message would you like to impart regarding shlichut

Be patient!

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