International Chabad Convention in New York

Over 3,000 Chabad emissaries from all over the world, including 250 from Israel, have begun their annual convention in New York. Arutz-7's Kobi Sela was there.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 16:29

The convention is taking place at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, home of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schnnersohn, and the Lubavitch world headquarters. New ideas by which Jewish content and ideals can be brought to Jewry world-wide are being presented and discussed.

Some 40 workshops and sessions are planned, dealing with a wide range of issues of interest to the emissaries (shlichim) around the world.

The main session will take place Sunday evening, following a visit by all the participants to the gravesite of the Rebbe.

Some 80 new Chabad Houses were established around the world over the course of the past year. Among the new locations to which young husband-and-wife emissary teams were sent to live and work are Las Vegas, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and Cracow, as well as small cities in Germany, China, Brazil and many other countries.

Future plans include opening Chabad Houses in Montana, where 2,000 Jews live, as well as in West Virginia - leaving only four U.S. states without a Chabad House: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Mississippi.

Arutz-7's Kobi Sela reports that one of the most moving moments was when Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, responsible on behalf of the Chabad Education Center (Merkaz L'inyanei Hinukh) for the "shlichim" international empire, reads aloud the names of the countries in which the various shlichim are active. As each emissary arises in turn, a massive wave of applause conquers the hall.