Rabbi Tzvi and Mushkie Birnhack
Rabbi Tzvi and Mushkie Birnhack, together with their son Shlomo Aharon, arrived in the UK this week to begin their new Shlichus in Southend-on-Sea and its surrounding areas.
Both born in Israel, Rabbi Tzvi studied in various Yeshivos, and gained Semicha in 770, New York. Since their marriage two years ago, Rabbi Tzvi studied in Kollel, then taught High school students. His wife Mushkie was the curriculum development coordinator in Kiryat Malachi, Nachalas Har Chabad, Israel.
The Birnhacks bring with them experience in formal and informal education, gained as part of their training in the Chabad Higher education system in various parts of the world, including Moscow, Ukraine, Germany and Kfar Chabad Israel.
Rabbi and Mrs Birnhack will be the seventh family of Shluchim in the Essex area, brought and sponsored by Rabbi Aryeh MBE and Devorah Sufrin together with Merkos as part of the “120 years campaign” of the Rebbe’s Nesiyus, laying the foundations for its 4th Chabad House, alongside its existing branches in Gants Hill, Buckhurst Hill and Epping.
Initially, they will engage with the community, by bringing the spirit of Chabad to all they encounter through providing Shabbos and Yom Tov hospitality, Festival programming for the whole family, home visits, one-to-one and communal learning. They will spend their first few months getting to know the community, supporting where they can any existing infrastructure, thereby strengthening Jewish life wherever they find it necessary.