Meet the Shlichim: Shlomit Chana and Baruch Babayev

Shlomit Chana and Baruch Babayev
Dortmund, Germany

Rabbi Baruch and Shulamit Chana Babayev have been serving as Rabbi and Rabbanit of the Dortmund Jewish community for seven years. Prior to that, the couple served for three years as the traveling rabbinical couple to the communities of Buchhum and Recklinhausen.

Children:
Adiel – 3
Avital – 1

Tell us about the community you’re in:
The community has about 3,000 members, most of whom immigrated from the Former Soviet Union. As a result, every Torah class and dvar Torah spoken in the synagogue must be given in both Russian and German. The community has a mikveh, a kindergarten, Bnei Akiva (Jungstrum Emuna) and a kosher store. In the past year, the Jewish school has reopened – for the first time since the Holocaust.

What did you receive from the Straus-Amiel Educational Emissary Training Progam and the Claudia Cohen Women Educator Institute? 
Important tools, ideas for activities, knowledge, advice and guidance – and most especially, a tremendous amount of support.

What message would you like to impart regarding shlichut?
It is a sacred work for the sake of heaven, and one must be completely devoted.

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