Chicago’s annual Yud Tes Kislev Melaveh Malkeh farbrengen and seudah was held on Motzoei Shabbos at the F.R.E.E. Synagogue in Chicago.
Rabbonim, Shluchim and Anash from throughout the metropolitan area of Chicago participated.
The guest speaker, Rabbi Levke Kaplan, Dean of Jewish Technical Vocational School in Brooklyn, spoke of the many aspects of Yud Tes Kislev with Chassidic stories and insights.
The event was chaired by Rabbi Levi Notik of the FREE organization which hosted the Farbrengen, who connected their work with Russian Jews and the epic story of Yud Tes Kislev.
Other speakers included Rabbi Shmuel Notik, Director of FREE and leader of the Russian Jewish community, who spoke of the importance of learning Chassidus, Rabbbi Mendel Moscowitz, Shliach at Cheder Lubavitch, who told a Motzoei Shabbos story, Rabbi Yosef Cohen, Mashpia in the Lubavitch Mesivta, who made a siyum on Tanya, and Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, Head Shliach in Illinois, who outlined the opportunities for Mivtza Chanukah.
During the course of the evening a Chalukas Hashas for the coming year was arranged by Rabbi Yosef Chaim Lester.
Later in the evening the bochurim of the Lubavitch Mesivta in Chicago joined the Farbrengen as Rabbi Kaplan continued to farbreng until 4:00 AM.