This week, more than 100 Chabad shluchos in Europe are attending a Kinus Hashluchos, filled with fascinating lectures, special shiurim, packed programs, panels, and gourmet meals.
The fourth annual convention was arranged by the “Chana” women’s organization and was produced by Fleishmann Productions.
As each shlucha arrived to register, she received a special bag containing expensive gifts and a rich and fascinating schedule.
Shlucha Dina Stambler of Dnieperpetrovsk in Ukraine emceed the opening session. In her introductory address, she spoke about the importance of Chabad shluchos gathering at least once a year and the strength that they derive from the Kinus.
After this, shlucha Chanie Margolin, director of the organization, gave an overview of the activities of Chana, which provides various programs for the shluchos in Europe.
Shlucha Rachel Faith of Hungary was then asked to recite the Rebbe’s letter to the Nshei Chabad Conference.
Under the title, “And the living should take to heart,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gluckowsky, deputy secretary of Beis Din Rabbanei Chabad and the Rabbi of the Chabad community in Rechovot, gave a moving talk that included some amazing stories about the Rebbe’s involvement and help in the lives of the shluchim.
Recharging spiritual batteries
The first lecture session was emceed by shlucha Shoshi Glitzenstein of Budapest, during which Rabbi Simcha Cohen, a renowned expert on relationships, and Rabbi Gluckowsky spoke about educating the children of shluchim.
This was followed by the famous chef Miri Zorger giving a presentation on gourmet entertaining. The shluchos, many of whom have to entertain on a regular basis, gained a lot from her presentation.
During the seminar, there was never a dull moment. Every single aspect of it became a shared experience. For example, the shluchos recharged their spiritual batteries by studying Chittas with the shlicha Bella Gansburg of Milan.
On the first evening of the seminar, the main session took place, emceed by shlicha Feigy Stolin of Rostov.
Similar to the International Conference of Shluchim in New York, the session opened with the Rebbe’s Chapter of Tehillim, recited by the shlucha Leah Namdar of Sweden.
The keynote speaker was Chana Axelrod of Cherkassy in Ukraine, who delivered a series of Chassidic messages that held the crowd of shluchos, who work so devotedly on their shlichus, spellbound.
A considerable part of the session was devoted to a special artistic presentation with sand that was combined with a moving story of the Alter Rebbe. After the presentation, the shluchos got together to sign a general pan to the Rebbe, as they watched rare footage of the leader of the generation. Shlucha Rivka Chazan of Milan read out the main pan.
Day ends with Farbrengen
The first day of the kinus concluded with a special Chassidic farbrengen, emceed by shlucha Sterna Gruzman of Vienna, conducted by veteran shlicha Eshka Pewzner of Paris, Batsheva Oberlander of Hungary, Judy Lazar of Milan, Chana Diskin of Milan, Rivka Chazan of Milan, and Leah Namdar of Sweden.
And of course, Chana didn’t neglect the more material aspects of the conference either. The shluchos enjoyed delicious meals with a rich menu, catered by the Carmel catering company, run by shliach Shmulik Oirechman under the supervision of chef Miri Zorger.