On Thursday, a group of anash landed in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to daven at the Kever of the Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, on the occasion of his Yartzeit.
The whirlwind 24-hour trip, now in its fourth year, marked the 70th yartzeit of R’ Levik.
The group included Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook of Vaad hanochas B’lahak.
After a brief stopover in the Moscow airport where they davened Shachris, the group arrived in Almaty and traveled to R’ Levik’s Ohel, where they davened for a few hours.
Afterwards, a chartered bus took the group to Ohr Avner’s Chabad House for a dinner and farbrengen with Shliach Rabbi Shevach Zlatopolsky.
Four hours later, after a brief rest, they group headed back to Crown Heights for Shabbos.
Two merkos Shlichus bochurim, Dovid Zaltzman and Yisroel Schapiro, remain in the area, assisting Rabbi Zlatopolsky on a two and a half week journey through Kazakhstan visiting Jewish communities in 12 cities in honor of Chof Av.
In each of the cities the Shluchim will introduce Tzivos Hashem and Online School in Russian to local Jewish children, and give workshops on Torah writing and other Jewish concepts.
Dozens more traveled from around the world to spend Shabbos at the Kever, including many Shluchim and anash.
The group included the Rebbe’s secretary Rabbi Leibel Groner, Head Shliach of Florida Rabbi Avrohom Korf, Rabbi Yosef Y. Ofen and Rabbi Sholom Ber Volpo of Israel.
The group was hosted by Shluchim to Almaty Rabbi Bezalel Lifshitz, and brothers Rabbi Elchonon Cohen, Rabbi Mordechai Cohen, and Rabbi Shaya Cohen, the Shliach at the Kever.
Many of the Rabbonim and Shluchim in attendance farbrenged, while the guests were treated to a beautiful Shabbos with food and accommodations.
On Shabbos, Rabbi Leibel Groner farbrenged with participants and told many new first-hand stories of his time with the Rebbe. His wife spoke to the local women who had gathered in a separate venue.
As was done for the past few years, a group of anash have arranged that people should learn at the Kever for the full 24 hours of the yartzeit.