Jews spread the word
THEY'RE young, they like to travel, and they're here to spread goodwill.
Yosef Muchnik, 23, and Eli Gescheit, 21, are rabbinical students who are in Coffs Harbour to touch base with other Jewish people.
They will hold a Shabbat dinner tonight and are hoping as many Jewish people as possible can make it.
Yosef, from New York, and Eli, from Sydney, are making their way around NSW with the Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia.
The Jewish outreach organ- isation is devoted to improving the spiritual and material well-being of Jews wherever they are.
They have already been to Goulburn, Singleton, Scone, Tamworth, Armidale and Grafton and are now heading south as their quest continues.
"We are trying to contact Jewish people in regional areas and also bring them into contact with each other," Eli said.
"We want to help them celebrate Jewish festivals and celebrate with each other.
"We've had a good response in our travels so far. Many of the people who we have met are elderly, who are remote from other people, who want to chat about their lives.
"We're here to give them a Jewish insight into their lives."
Yosef said their message was simple.
"Jewish people are one unit, we all need each other, and we're all equal," he said.
For further information about tonight's Shabbat din- ner, phone 0425 788 870.