Photos: Yossi Percia
This past Sunday, Shluchim from across the West Coast gathered at the Chabad Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, hosted by the Head Shliach to the West Coast Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, for their 43rd annual regional Kinus HaShluchim.
This annual event brings together Shluchim from various communities up and down the West Coast for two days of learning, workshops, friendship and farbrengens.
The Kinus started with an in-depth learning session of the Rebbe’s Maamorim followed by a Halacha Shiur by Rabbi Shimon Raichik a member of Vaad Rabonei Lubavitch and and Mora D’Asra of the Lubavitch community in Los Angeles.
At the grand banquet Shluchim heard from the Head Shliach of California and Nevada Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin who shared inspiring words of Chizuk and encouragement. Rabbi Cunin also presented every Shliach with a special gift, a brick from 770, to be incorporated in their current or future buildings or expansion plans. Rabbi Cunin spoke about the importance of standing strong in these final last moments of Golus as we get ready for the Geulah.
The gathered Shluchim were also addressed by several California Shluchim namely Rabbi Simcha Backman of Glendale, Rabbi Shloime Chein of the University of California S. Cruz, Rabbi Mendel Loschak of S. Barbara and Rabbi Michy Rav-Noy of Los Angeles.
Rabbi Loschak relayed stories about his father, Rabbi Yosef Loschak A”H a veteran Shliach of close to 40 years who passed away this past Gimmel Tamuz. Rabbi Rav-Noy shared inspiring insights from his brother, Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy obm a Shliach who tragically passed away at the age of 36 less than a month ago.
Following the banquet the Shluchim sat and farbrenged until day-break, sharing inspiring stories and giving each other Chizuk for the important work ahead.
On Monday, Shluchim gathered for a whole-day seminar by Rabbi Manis Friedman on various important topics related to Shluchim, their communities and families. The topics were on how to balance family and Shlichus, how to properly raise children in a Shlichus environment and the like.
Shluchim left the Kinus uplifted, inspired and in positive spirits enabling them to better serve their communities and fulfil their holy work as Shluchim.