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Brooklyn, NY - Chabad Kinus Hashluchim Underway In Crown Heights

Published on: November 6, 2015 11:26 AM
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A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi looks at the group photo of last year's conference at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries on November 6, 2015. The rabbi is among 5,200 rabbis and guests from around the world in New York for the conference, an annual event aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. This year’s conference carries an added significance as Jewish communities worldwide celebrate the Biblical year of Hakhel, a time to promote Jewish unity and learning.A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi looks at the group photo of last year’s conference at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries on November 6, 2015. The rabbi is among 5,200 rabbis and guests from around the world in New York for the conference, an annual event aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. This year’s conference carries an added significance as Jewish communities worldwide celebrate the Biblical year of Hakhel, a time to promote Jewish unity and learning.

Brooklyn, NY - Over 5,000 shluchim from around the world have gathered in Crown Heights for the annual Kinus Hashluchim, which began this past Wednesday night and will conclude with a gala banquet on Sunday evening.

The yearly gathering was designed as an opportunity for shluchim, who often live in remote areas, an opportunity to connect with like minded individuals and enjoy camaraderie, inspiration and an opportunity to discuss the experiences and challenges that they face in their day to day lives. 

The annual kinus has evolved since its humble beginnings in 1984 and today the event boasts a full roster of over 80 sessions designed to offer contemporary solutions to issues such as fundraising, outreach and educational issues. A parallel children’s conference gives junior shluchim the ability to interact with their peers and allows students who are enrolled in Chabad’s online school a chance to meet their classmates face to face.  A separate kinus for women is held each year during the winter months.

Event organizers, headed by chairman Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, have been preparing for months for the kinus, which includes shluchim from 86 different countries including Jamaica, Congo, Thailand, Nigeria and Australia.  Over the last few weeks, meetings have been held with the NYPD to coordinate logistics and security for the kinus and a production team has been hard at work transforming the Bedford-Union Armory into a combination conference center and banquet hall to accommodate kinus participants.

This year, which follows a shemita year, is a Hakhel year and while the mitzvah of Hakhel does not apply in our time, the Lubavitcher Rebbe reinstituted the custom of gathering men, women and children to promote unity, Torah study and greater mitzvah observance, adding an extra level of energy to this year’s kinus.  Organizers hope to encourage shluchim to create Hakhel gatherings of their own in their own communities in honor as a way of creating greater awareness and observance of yiddishkeit.

The conference kicked off on Wednesday with registration at the Jewish Children’s Museum on Eastern Parkway, with dinner at Yeshiva Oholei Torah and yesterday’s events included a full day of sessions, individual workshops and meals.  Today’s schedule also includes a visit to the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ohel in Queens and organizers are expecting a Shabbos filled with festivities and farbrengens, followed by a gala melava malka on Motzei Shabbos.  Participants will gather early Sunday morning in front of Lubavtich World Headquarters in full Chasidic levush for a massive group photo described by event organizers as “kind of a Where’s Waldo of rabbis.”

The kinus will culminate on Sunday evening with a full scale banquet at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, which will include Tehillim led by Moshe Holtzberg, the 9 year old survivor of the deadly Mumbai massacre, a keynote address by Rabbi Shlomie Chein, director of Chabad at the University of California Santa Cruz and an international roll call of shluchim followed by music and dancing.

Shluchim from around the world are reveling in the five day event, an opportunity to gather strength and inspiration for the coming year.

“The kinus is an opportunity to connect with other shluchim from around the world and gain chizuk and inspiration,” Rabbi Chaim Lipskier of Chabad at the University of Central Florida told VIN News. “This year’s conference is especially significant, as it is the year of Hakhel, a time to promote achdus and limud hatorah. Being here, together with so many chaverim is something very special. I’m taking it all in.”


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 Nov 06, 2015 at 11:44 AM CHAIM36 Says:

I wonder as to how much this kinus cost and who pays for it .

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 12:13 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

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CHAIM36 Says:

I wonder as to how much this kinus cost and who pays for it .

Do you wonder the same every time Obama and the UN come to town??

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 12:45 PM howdyoulikethat Says:

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CHAIM36 Says:

I wonder as to how much this kinus cost and who pays for it .

Sounds like you're looking to make a donation.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 12:53 PM barbaabba Says:

To #1
I know YOU are not paying for it
This was a mean spirited question of someone who is not just "wondering"
Mind your own business

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 01:11 PM Frish Says:

Do u HV that "wonder" when ur out a town and the only Jewish place is Chabad

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 01:23 PM jay Says:

Reply to #1  
CHAIM36 Says:

I wonder as to how much this kinus cost and who pays for it .

Have you ever wondered who is paying for a warm yiddish place in virtually all corners of the globe when you find yourself traveling abroad?? These people are heroes and they deserve at least to be thanked for what they do with their loving hearts and devotion to others.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 02:09 PM SandraM Says:

Thank G-d for Chabad - truly caring Jews who also are principled in their Judaism and do not change with the wind.

Yasher Koach.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 05:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Can anyone wonder why so many gadolei torah (including the rebbes from other chassidus) truly believe that the last rebbe' (Rav MMS) is moishiach? Some may be reluctant to say so in public but certainly in private they will acknowledge that reality.

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 12:19 PM Shluchim mom Says:

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CHAIM36 Says:

I wonder as to how much this kinus cost and who pays for it .

Not you, obviously. But when you end up in a country with 2 frum families, one of whom is mine, will you be asking who pays for your four course gourmet Shabbos meal? Are you the one who left my son-in-law a nice donation - 40 cents???

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 02:04 PM AhavatIsrael Says:

As much as I know every Chassid pays to participate. And is a Zechus to be part of it. So you have to be one of the Shlichim or be invited in order to participate.

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 09:30 PM Agudah Member Says:

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CHAIM36 Says:

I wonder as to how much this kinus cost and who pays for it .

Is this the first Jewish convention you heard of???!!!

Let me "educate" you:

There are numerous conventions including the annual Agudah Convention. There is even a convention for mechanchim, the annual Torah Mesora Convention. Yes, these conventions are costly, but for the most part, participants are the ones who pay (with generous sponsors covering the rest).

Do you wonder how much my Agudah Convention costs? Do you wonder how much the Siyum HaShas costs? Do you wonder how much the Asifa cost?

No?! I didn't think you wondered about those events.

So tell me - why do you wonder about THIS event?

Here are some possible answers: (a) Jealousy; (b) Sinas Chinom; (c) Inuy Dvorim; (d) All of the above.

Grow up, look at all the suffering in the world! These days we need achdus and ahavas yisroel.

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 09:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Chabad is a true chassidus, they are there for others and seek to help "every" single Jew irrelevant of their background. Today, most chassidus and their rebbes work on their PR. Not with Chabad. Their PR is about the truth of a good Jew and we can learn from them. May they continue their amazing work.

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 10:18 PM Not a chossid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Chabad is a true chassidus, they are there for others and seek to help "every" single Jew irrelevant of their background. Today, most chassidus and their rebbes work on their PR. Not with Chabad. Their PR is about the truth of a good Jew and we can learn from them. May they continue their amazing work.

Sorry but I am not a chossid of ANY chassidus! The ways of chassidim (ALL) is simply not my derech and minhag avosay.

But when my son went off the derech a few years ago and now he is shomer shabbos and keeps basic kashrus, He even goes to shul on most shabbosim. No, he did not become a Chabadsker and he still needs to grow in Torah u'Mitzvos, but Boruch Hashem he is back on the derech. I thank Chabad.

Chabad Shluchim found my son and took him off the streets and terrible tumah. They awoke his neshama and brought him close to Hashem. They did not do it for PR or money or kovod. They did it l'shem shomayim.

These shluchim are shluchei d'Rachmona (Hashem's Messengers). They saved my son's guf v'nefesh from sheol tachtiya. Hashem should repay them with bracha v'hatzlocha.

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 12:47 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Can anyone wonder why so many gadolei torah (including the rebbes from other chassidus) truly believe that the last rebbe' (Rav MMS) is moishiach? Some may be reluctant to say so in public but certainly in private they will acknowledge that reality.

Assuming you are cognizant of the reality that Rabbi Schneerson is no longer alive, you are implying that he will arise from the dead, and is more suited to this than anyone in history like, for example, Daniel the Navi or Rabi the Tanna (who already has returned from the dead multiple times until his neighbor brought it up with his wife, at which point he stopped doing so).

While Rabbi Schneerson was still alive, whatever rabbis MIGHT have held that he COULD have been Mashiach, very likely did not continue to do so after his passing. It is certainly not normative Judaism to believe that Mashiach will arise from the dead (including the gemara in Sanhedrin).

Of course, there were also gedolei Torah who actually condemned him in harsh terms, never mind believing that he would be Mashiach.

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 01:07 PM Who Cares Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Assuming you are cognizant of the reality that Rabbi Schneerson is no longer alive, you are implying that he will arise from the dead, and is more suited to this than anyone in history like, for example, Daniel the Navi or Rabi the Tanna (who already has returned from the dead multiple times until his neighbor brought it up with his wife, at which point he stopped doing so).

While Rabbi Schneerson was still alive, whatever rabbis MIGHT have held that he COULD have been Mashiach, very likely did not continue to do so after his passing. It is certainly not normative Judaism to believe that Mashiach will arise from the dead (including the gemara in Sanhedrin).

Of course, there were also gedolei Torah who actually condemned him in harsh terms, never mind believing that he would be Mashiach.

Frankly, I don't care if Chabad would believe that the moon is made from cheese and Mars is inhabited by little green Martians. Does that really matter when I am stuck in Small Town USA for shabbos and welcomed to eat, sleep and daven at Chabad?

Yes, that has happened to me a few times! The atmosphere at their Shabbos table was inspirational, as I sat among a dozen guests (a few were intermarried couples with Jewish children), the food was heimish and glatt (100% all kashrus chumros and hidurim), the Torah said at the table was geared to the other guests but after the meal, the rabbi spoke to me about the same topic on a very lomdish level - which blew me away, the davening was kiruv/Carelbach style (I was not used to starting shachris at 10 am but that was the only minyan within 100 miles!), and the appreciation of these frum yidden living their lives in a place with no yiddishkeit infrastructure was quite amazing.

So as I enjoyed the delicious cholent did I care if they believe this or that and did I are? I didn't and you shouldn't either.

I challenge one godol who condemned Lubavitch to remain condemning after spending a shabbos with a Chabad House shaliach & family.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 11:58 PM litvakbochur Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Can anyone wonder why so many gadolei torah (including the rebbes from other chassidus) truly believe that the last rebbe' (Rav MMS) is moishiach? Some may be reluctant to say so in public but certainly in private they will acknowledge that reality.

a possible reason would be that he fits the description and criteria as outlined in the rambam of chezkas moshiach

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