It may be a long way from the busy streets of Brooklyn, New York, to the streets of Bega, but two newly ordained rabbis are used to a life of travel.
Twenty-two-year old Shmuel Hurwitz and 21-year-old Menachem Schmukler are in Australia working with not-for-profit organisation Chabad of Rural and Regional Australians caring for the needs of Jewish men, women and children living outside populated metropolitan centres.
“We grew up in a Jewish community, it was our lifestyle, so we feel it is the right religion and the right way,” Rabbi Hurwitz said as the pair took a break under a tree in Littleton Gardens.
“We want to share what we know with the world and the best way to do that is to be a rabbi.”
The duo who come from a long line of rabbis have just completed their arduous seven years of study, made a stop in Bega on Friday as they travel from Melbourne to the Queensland city of Toowoomba.
Chabad Lubavitch is a 200 year old Chassidic movement originating from the Russian city of Lubavitch, over time becoming the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world.