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5 Adar 5761 - February 28, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Siyum Marks Completion of Chazon Leadership Course

by Betzalel Kahn

Gedolei haTorah and roshei yeshiva joined course participants in a melave malka siyum held two weeks ago marking the completion of a training course for counselors to deal with the generation gap problem and the problem of dropout youth.

The unique, first-of-its-kind course was conducted by the Chazon organization. Scores of avreichim selected out of hundreds of candidates participated in the two-month course, undergoing intensive training.

HaRav Yisroel Gans, president of Chazon, presented the blessings of the Mashgiach HaRav Shlomo Wolbe. He then dwelled upon the great zechus and that awesome responsibility that rests on the shoulders of the avreichim chosen for this sacred task.

In his address, HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi noted, "Now that these avreichim have been so thoroughly trained, it is their responsibility to go out and work in this area: helping, locating, assisting and guiding bnei yeshiva." HaRav Aryeh Shechter spoke about the importance of parental participation in guidance of the younger generation. HaRav Noach Weinberg said, "It is clear that drawing the near closer (kiruv kerovim) is more important than drawing the distant closer (kiruv rechokim), even if the only reason is the chilul Hashem caused by the dropout phenomenon."

HaRav Noach Orloweck noted that Chazon's activity is crucial. Director of Lev Shomea, Rabbi Chaim Tarnovksy, said that too few people are working in this vital area of dropout prevention. "Lev Shomea will help all it possibly can to help Chazon succeed. The two organizations complement each other," he added.

HaRav Tuvia Ehrenreich, Chazon menahel ruchani, said: "The chazon of Chazon is that there be no work for these avreichim; in reality, however, intensive work is currently needed in this area."

The rabbonim thanked and blessed the program coordinators, especially Rav Eliezer Auerbach, Rav Dovid Posen, Rav Doniel Spetner, and Rav Moshe Speiser, all of whom made great efforts to ensure the success of the course. Rabbi Uri Maklev, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem from UTJ, was also present at the event.

The melave malka marked the completion of an intensive two-month course in which select avreichim were trained by experts in the field of chinuch. The aim: to equip them with educational psychology tools and an understanding of some of the finer aspects of our children's essence. The avreichim will be placed in various communities to serve as "brothers" and leaders for youth in need of help, offering spiritual support and an attentive ear. Chazon activists will be stationed in every city and will maintain ongoing contact with the communities and families of their areas.

The avreichim will deliver weekly talks on issues of chinuch, and will respond to parents' questions. In addition, they will organize activities for area children, helping the younger generation cope with the various challenges and trials facing them today.

The avreichim were selected with utmost care from hundreds of candidates. Selection criteria included experience, mesirus nefesh to the community, and an ability to communicate well. Out of the avreichim chosen to participate in the course, only fifty passed the various tests and were accepted as educational advisors.

The course training included the following topics: "Chinuch, an Imperative;" "Ways of Chinuch;" "Problematic Factors;" "The Power of Speech and Ways of Influence;" "The Art of Speaking and Debating;" "The Art of Listening;" "The Work Contract Between Student and Guide;" "How to Deal with Educational Problems;" "A Common Denominator in the Dropout Problem;" "How to Instill Self-Confidence in our Children;" "The Strict Person Doesn't Teach, He Educates; "Practical Tips To Answer Youth's Questions;" and "Respect and Love For One's Fellow." Role playing, in which the participants presented problems, conflicts and ways of coping, was also part of the curriculum.

Chazon is planning to set up a central office with a professionally-manned telephone hot line. It will also serve as a center for lectures, meeting and discussions, as well as an address where students, parents and teachers can receive immediate answers to questions on matters of chinuch.

Chazon is also planning bein hazmanim camps for bnei yeshiva to serve as inspiration to accompany bochurim into each new zman. Evening events and chizuk rallies for bnei yeshiva with outstanding lecturers have enhanced their knowledge in hashkofoh, emunoh and current issues in the past.

Chazon was founded with the encouragement and guidance of gedolei Yisroel. Its purpose is to provide bnei yeshiva with in-depth understanding of Jewish topics and to help them internalize Yiddishkeit's basic values.

HaRav Shmuel Auerbach signed an enthusiastic letter in which he encouraged Chazon activities. "Through Chazon's sacred activities, it will be possible to not only significantly decrease the number of dropouts, but also to strengthen those who are already strong in their emunah. For, `one urges only the zerizim.'. In addition, those who are strong in their emunah will also be able to lend their hand to this sacred endeavor which will, be'ezras Hashem, make its mark throughout the country."


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