Nearly 5,000 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis and their families converged on the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn this past weekend for the annual conference that connects the dots for the emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson o.bm.
The International Conference for Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) is taking place this year from Nov. 15-20, gathering together all those who provide Jewish services to the far-flung communities of the planet to help them recharge their spiritual batteries by offering each other mutual support.
The participants at the conference learned, prayed, and met with one another in various workshops and events to discuss new ideas for programs and other issues that come up in the course of their year abroad.
The sole U.S. state in existence without a permanent Chabad presence — South Dakota — also finally gained an emissary of its own this year as well, it was announced at the conference.
Other, less familiar places that have also earned a spot on the Chabad map for visiting Jewish travelers, where a Chabad center will now be located: Newfoundland, Ibiza, Rhodes, Puerto Vallarta, New Caledonia (the 91st country to join the planetary permanent presence) and number 92 on the country list — Laos.