Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Zalmanov are the newest Shluchim who will be joining Chabad’s extensive activities in Moldova, opening a Chabad center for Israelis and Hebrew speakers in the country.
They will be joining the two families already present in Moldova, Rabbi Mendy and Mushka Axelrod and Rabbi Mendy and Leah Gutsel, who operate in the cities of Kishinev, Bender, Tiraspol, Dubasari and Beltz.
The Zalmanovs are the grandchildren of Rabbi Zalman Abelsky, of blessed memory, who served as Chief Rabbi and the Rebbe’s Shliach in the former Soviet republic. His son Rabbi Yosef Abelsky has filled his father’s place exhibits with much dedication and perseverance.
The activities of Chabad of Moldova are spread throughout the country Eastern European country, including in the pro-Russian Separatist Transnistrian Region. The center is the Central Synagogue Chabad (Glazer Shul) in Chisinau, which is celebrating 130 years since its founding, and which has always been active, even during the communist era.
Recently, an uplifting evening was held at Chabad marking the 5-year anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Abelsky, in which Jews from all over the country participated. The famous violinist Mordechai Brodsky warmed the hearts of the participants with meaningful Chabad melodies and explanations about them.
A sweet closing to the summer was a successful day camp. Approximately forty children enrolled in the camp. Two of the children, Gena (Mordechai) Aaronov and Gabriel Roitburg, celebrated their Bar Mitzvah celebrations as part of the camp activities and were attended by all the children.
“Chabad of Moldova is looking forward to continued expansion and growth in the upcoming new year. Every day we aim to do more, and reach another Jew in Moldova,” concludes Rabbi Zushe Abelsky, Director of Chabad Moldova.