Every Thursday night for the past several years, a group of Bochurim in 770 has watched an unedited Farbrengen video provided by JEM. For days before the viewing, the Bochurim studied and prepared the Farbrengen, after which they watched the video together starting at 9:30 late into the night.
Over the past several months, the Bochurim, many of whom were about to move on to other Yeshivos around the world, began to ask us, "why can't you make these videos available to everyone?!" As well, pursuant to our release of several historic Farbrengens last year, numerous Shluchim have begun to demand, "We want more Farbrengens! Can't you release more than two or three per year?!" Groups of Shluchim from several regions have also contacted us, stating that they wished to organize groups of Shluchim to experience the Farbrengen together by gathering on a monthly basis.
To the Bochurim, we said "It requires tremendous effort and expense to release a Farbrengen DVD. If you guarantee us that 20 Yeshivos will watch the Farbrengen, we'll make sure the DVDs come out."
The Bochurim rose to the challenge and within a few weeks had lined up not twenty, but forty Yeshivos which would study and watch the Farbrengens in a systematic fashion.
The Farbrengen is the primary mode through which the Rebbe taught Torah teachings and transmitted his world-outlook. To be immersed in a full-length Farbrengen is to free yourself from your confines and limitations, and to soar above it all for a few hours. And we think that, hard as it may be to release an hours-long DVD with thousands of subtitles, it is well worth it.
Therefore we have decided, in partnership with Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim, to produce a series of nine full-length Farbrengens this year. Each of them is unique and special, and each will be released together with a study booklet and with 90-minutes of the program subtitled in English, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Russian and Yiddish.
This is all in addition to our other planned releases this year, G‑d willing. We know that the expenses for individual DVDs can accumulate, so we are pleased to inform you that a generous sponsor has stepped forward to become the series sponsor. In addition, we will be soliciting dedications for the individual DVDs, in order to keep the costs down.
The price per Farbrengen for JEMclub members will be only 12.50 per 3 to 6 hour Farbrengen with domestic shipping included, which will be sent automatically to all JEMclub members. This is a steeply discounted price. If you'd like to participate in the expense of this monumental release, please visit us at http://www.jemstore.com/Farbrengen_Club_p/z-farbclub.htm
Thank you, as always, for your support of our Shlichus. We look forward to sharing with you eight more full-length Farbrengens on the following dates this year: Chof-Daled Teves ~ Yud Shevat ~ Purim Katan ~ Purim ~ Yud-Alef Nissan ~ Pesach Sheni ~ Yud Beis Sivan ~ Yud Beis Tammuz.
If you have any questions or comments on this new initiative, or if you'd like to dedicate a Farbrengen, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.