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About the Rabbi

Rabbi Avtzon was born in Detroit, Michigan coming from a long line of Shluchim who performed their shlichus to the point of literal mesiras nefesh, a trait which he has wholeheartedly adapted throughout his own life’s work.  His father was sent to Siberia in the 30’s for teaching Torah as a chosid of the Previous Rebbe (Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson) and his Great-great-grandfather was R’ Binyomin Kletzker, chosid of the Alter Rebbeh.

Rabbi Avtzon attended high school in Telz-Chicago, Beis medrash/Shlichus in Miami and L.A., and got his smicha in New York (770) in 1980, and remarkably, Da’ayanos a year later at the age of 24 1/2.   Over the years he’s worked with bochurim in mivtzoim and education in Miami, LA, and New York, until moving to Israel in 1982 at his marriage.

Aside from excelling in learning, and writing scholarly periodicals, he always concerned himself with the welfare of students and those struggling in their development; always offering them warmth, inspiration, and incentive.  After being the learning director in 3 camps and running the Lubavitch Yeshiva in 1980 in CGI New York, he realized a dire need to make a new program in the summer and spearheaded the profound Morristown Summer Program, the first of its kind.   In addition, Rabbi Avtzon, along with Rav Marlow provided research and expertise to the Halochos and minhagim for the well-known kosher cookbook “Spice and Spirit”.  In typical yet understated fashion, the Rabbi always looks for what is really needed and how to get it done the best possible way.  When it came to helping his fellow Jew Rabbi Avtzon has always had the understanding, feeling and ability to relate to every level of Jew and Jewish youth as well as the know how to connect and truly, positively, and constructively affect them.

Over the years, the Rabbi worked to mekarev both litvishe and chassidishe bochurim and yungeleit to Lubavitch and chassidus.  He had a Collel Hachassidus and B"H was zoche to bring over 250 such people to Chabad. In 1990, after working in Kiruv with young men from many types of religious backgrounds, the Rebbe’s secretary, Rabbi Hadokov, informed him directly that the Rebbe wanted Rabbi Avtzon to begin focusing on American bochurim in Israel, while continuing the work he had been doing until then.  In the words of the Rebbe, from now on he should concern himself with “vos tutzich mit uzereh kinder; avoo zehen zei” in two years time and thus fill the demand in a role that required great effort and expertise to implement.

Two years later to the date, he got called to begin and has been going strong ever since.  From 1998, the Rabbi has been mostly occupied with the aforementioned shlichus, running a school known as The RAP (an abbreviation for Rabbi Avtzon's Program) and setting up different schools and programs around the world such as YSP, YAM, ALIYAH, and the Wilkes-Barre Yeshiva to name a few.  B"H to this day the Rabbi has brought back well over 250 young men to Yidishkeit.   Of them, over 50 have jobs as Rosh Yeshivos, mashpiim, rabbanim, etc. both in Lubavitch Yeshivos as well as other communities around the world.

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