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11-month-old daughter, Halel Shira,
eshivat Akiva of Southfield is
made the move from the settlement of
welcoming two new Israeli
Shiloh, Israel, to the Chimney Hill
couples to its teaching staff
apartment
complex in West Bloomfield
this year through the Kollel
two
weeks
ago.
Torah MiTzion. One pair, Rabbi Asi and
Rabbi
Elimelech
Silberberg, spiritual
Sharon Tsobel, is taking their mission of
leader of the Sara Tugman Bais Chabad
shlichot (emissaries) to a whole new level.
Torah Center on Maple Road, welcomed
They will be the first family from the
the new Kollel family with open arms.
Kollel to live in West Bloomfield.
"A number of Akiva people in our
The Kollel consists of four couples,
synagogue
study with the people from
who base their operations at Akiva.
Torah
Kollel
MiTzion, the husbands and
These men and women are trained edu-
the
wives,
and
have been very satisfied
cators who leave their lives in Israel for a
with the level of scholarship and learn-
minimum of two years of teach-
ing. Due to the rave reviews of
ing abroad.
its congregants, the Bais Chabad
Rabbi Dr. Yigal Tsaidi, Akiva
agreed
to be another "facilitator"
educational director and initia-
of
the
Kollel.
tor of Kollel Torah MiTzion's
"We're going to try to attract
presence in Detroit, says he
a
group
for classes for Hebrew
wanted the teachers at Akiva for
speakers, as that's their specialty,"
several reasons. "No. 1, our
says Rabbi Silberberg.
school feels very strongly the
Classes also will be geared for
connection to Israel, and we
Tsaidi
the
rest of the community. The
have many projects expressing
Tsobels
will also be involved with
this — one of them being Kollel
the
local
children, he adds, lend-
Torah Mitzion. By bringing the
ing a hand to the neighborhood
Kollel here, you're bringing a
youth groups.
piece of Israel into Akiva."
Because their apartment is located
The Kollel members are "young peo-
outside
the eruv, meaning they would
ple who studied and served in the army
not
be
able
to carry things outside of
[or national service], and this is a role
their
home
on
Shabbat, the Tsobel fami-
model we want our children to see."
ly
will
be
staying
with different families
Finally, one of Akiva's educational
from the synagogue every Shabbat,
principles is Ivrit blvriA embodied by a
"becoming part of the community them-
Hebrew immersion program in which
selves."
Judaic classes are taught entirely in
The Tsobels say they have no reserva-
Hebrew, beginning in elementary school.
tions
about being the sole Kollel family
Having the Hebrew-speaking Kollel
in
West
Bloomfield.
teachers, says Rabbi Tsaidi, helps to rein-
Although
Chabad has never identified
force this system.
itself as part of the secular or religious
The Kollel is not a branch of Akiva,
Zionist movement, says Rabbi
he explains. "One of the Kollel's main
Silberberg, the late Lubavithcer Rebbe
goals is to reach out and offer their serv-
Menachem
Mendel Schneerson and his
ices to the entire community."
followers
have
always been staunch
The husbands and wives of the Kollel
believers
in
the
importance of supporting
offer classes to the general community,
the
people
of
Israel
in the land of Israel,
both on Shabbat and during the remain-
der of the week, and they enthusiastically the policies of its current secular govern-
ment, on the other hand, remaining a
contribute both time and energy to the
point
of contention.
local Bnei Akiva movement and different
"If
these people can come over from
synagogue events.
Israel
and
share their Torah and knowl-
"Until last year, we had only three
edge
with
us,
it will only serve to
couples, who lived in Southfield and
enhance
the
community,"
the rabbi said.
Oak Park," says Rabbi Tsaidi. "The
Both Rabbi Silberberg and Rabbi
Kollel was such a success among the gen-
Tsaidi hope the Kollel's presence in
eral community that it was decided
Southfield, Oak Park and now West
between myself and Rabbi Tsobel that
Bloomfield will establish a strong con-
expanding out into West Bloomfield
nection and love between Israel and the
would be a wonderful idea."
Jews
of Detroit. I
Rabbi Tsobel, his wife, Sharon, and their

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