Camp HASC had the great privilege to host Rav Berel Lazar, shlita, chief rabbi of Russia. Upon arriving by helicopter on the Camp HASC baseball field, Rabbi Lazar was greeted by Camp HASC board members, directors, staff, and the special campers of Camp HASC.
Rabbi Berel Lazar coordinated his busy schedule to make the time to visit and share words of chizuk. Although it was a short visit, it was electrifying, uplifting, and a visit the special campers and staff will always remember.
An interactive tour was led by Camp Director Mr. Shmiel Kahn and Executive Director Rav Judah Mischel.
Each camper and staff member was greeted by Rav Lazar with warmth, patience, and sensitivity. Live niggunim were played as Rabbi Lazar and honored guests were led throughout camp. Campers and staff joined in for some lively dancing and song. The energy was felt as smiles were seen on everyone’s face.
At the camp-wide kabbalas panim, Rav Lazar had an opportunity to meet an ecstatic group of yaldei ha’shluchim, children of Chabad shluchim from all over the world. It was special to witness the love and attention Rav Lazar paid to the hundreds of campers and staff.
While touring the beautiful Camp HASC adaptive campus, Rav Lazar visited the pool, therapy complex, and sensory room. In his short time there, Rav Lazar spent quality time immersed in the Camp HASC spirit, was able to feel and witness firsthand the magic that happens in Camp HASC, and remarked, “Every inch of this campus is filled with ahavas Yisrael.”
In his inspiring divrei berachah, Rav Lazar shared the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s message that everyone has a special shlichus in this world to fulfill. He expressed how impressed he was with the mesirus nefesh and dedication of the staff. He also noted that the counselors grow unimaginably by taking care of these special neshamos. “HaKadosh Baruch Hu promises that when you take care of His children, he will take care of yours.”
It was a day jam-packed with beautiful moments and unforgettable chizuk and support for the special campers of Camp HASC, their families, staff, and all of Klal Yisrael.