Chabad Rabbis are known for bringing Judaism to the far corners of the globe. But for three days a year, they come back to where it all began.
The annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (the Kinus Hashluchim) typically attracts some 6,000 rabbis and supporters to Brooklyn, New York. After having been held virtually last year, the conference is cautiously returning to normal. With pandemic-related travel restrictions and some choosing to participate via a parallel virtual track, the event is expected to be scaled back; but organizers felt that foregoing the in-person events for another year was not an option. All those attending In person are required to be vaccinated and receive a negative PCR test.
Beginning on Wednesday, October 27, and continuing through Sunday, October 31, the conference features multiple days of networking, workshops, educational seminars, and an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues. Sessions cover a wide range of topics from mental health and Halachic debates to more practical concerns like security upgrades and fundraising tips. Tailored to provide something for everyone, the programming suits those who serve small remote communities as well as leaders of large metropolitan areas.
The event culminates with a banquet in the New Jersey Expo Center. Featuring talks and multimedia presentations that showcase Chabad’s work, the banquet program will spotlight the lasting impact of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his teachings on the lives of ordinary Jews everywhere. The evening is slated to conclude with Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, leading a spirited roll call of all the 108 nations and states that the over 5,000 Chabad Emissaries serve.
For the participating Emissaries, it’s a time to reflect on how much Chabad has accomplished and recharge before doing even more. “The world has changed drastically in the last two years,” said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of Lubavitch Educational and Social Services Divisions, “but the values that the Rebbe gave us serve as an anchor, giving our leaders the confidence and direction to move ahead in a changing world.”
Tune in this Sunday, October 31 at 4:30 PM EST and watch the LIVE banquet by visiting https://www.lubavitch.com/live-watch-the-kinus/
October 30, 2021
May Hashem bless all the emissaries with continued success in their shlicut and in all good things.