"My father believed, not only in investing in Torah learning, but in those who learn in order to teach, and he cared deeply about Shluchim learning" remarked his son, Mr. George Rohr, at JLI's annual conference earlier this summer.
During his speech, George announced the launch of an exciting new initiative honoring his beloved father A"H, whose first yahrtzeit is today, the 17th of Av.
Machon Shmuel: The Sami Rohr Research Institute, under the auspices of The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, has already begun serving dozens of Shluchim worldwide with the experienced Torah scholarship of a dedicated team, providing thorough background research and comprehensive sources covering practically every topic in Torah literature.
"Between fundraising for a new building, delivering a weekly shiur, or finding sponsors for the Shabbos kiddush, Shluchim are constantly pressed for time" explained Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, who heads Machon Shmuel's team of scholars and is himself a Shliach to Fair Lawn, NJ. "Machon Shmuel aims to relieve some of the pressure from the Shliach's workload by assisting him in preparing quality material for a shiur, sermon, or answers to a pressing question that comes his way."
"It gives you access to the brilliance of a team of scholars who are there to help you research material and answer your questions in a most professional and detailed manner" said Rabbi Moshe Bryski, director of Chabad of the Conejoand the highly successful Conejo Jewish Academy.
Earlier this year, Rabbi Bryski was among a select group of Shluchim chosen to pilot the program before its release. After experiencing it firsthand, he refers to Machon Shmuel as "a dream come true for those who devote much time to adult education.”
While we pray that Sami will be reunited with us well before his planned 5776 Kinus Hashluchim address, his message and gift to the Shluchim is already being heeded as Shluchim and the many thousands of yidden they influence enjoy the tremendous Torah resources at their disposal—a well-suited zechus among countless others for Reb Shmuel A"H's neshomah.