Two dramatic changes will be happening this year at the Kinus Hashluchim, which will take place in just over 2 weeks in Crown Heights.
The iconic group photo of thousands of Shluchim, which takes place Sunday morning of the Kinus and is renowned as a yearly event covered by news media around the world, will not be taking place this year, sources said.
The reason for this is to avoid highly crowded situations while the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, they said.
Another change, noted from the conference schedule, is that the annual Pan Kloli, which usually takes place on Friday, will take place on Sunday morning. This is to enable Shluchim around the world who are unable to travel due to coronavirus restrictions to participate via live stream, and which would take place during Shabbos for many time zones if done on Friday in New York.
Also different this year will be the location of the workshops, which will not take place in one central location, rather in various locations throughout the Crown Heights neighborhood.