Every year at the time of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, thousands of Shluchim converge on Crown Heights and 770 for the International Kinus Hashluchim.
It’s an incredible scene every year, as thousands of Shluchim stand together at 770 Eastern Parkway for the massive group photo, a sight which moves Jews around the world.
This year, due to corona, the Kinus was held via Zoom. In some cities and states around the world, Shluchim gathered in small groups to farbreng with their peers and sum up the past year, and plan for the upcoming one.
One group of Shluchim, who serve as Rabbis of cities in Central Russia, gathered in the city of Lubavitch, the birthplace of Chabad Chassidus, for a local Kinus Hashluchim.
Some Shluchim traveled with their children, the young Shluchim, who were treated to a special program. Some arrived with their mekurovim, Jews who have become closer to Judaism because of them.
The Shluchim arrived Friday morning, and were hosted in the newly built guest rooms, which were completed for Chai Elul.
Throughout Shabbos, they learned and Davened together in the newly built Shul near the Ohel, the gravesites of the Tzemach Tzedek and the Rebbe Maharash.
The festive Shabbos meal was held in the courtyard of the Rebbe.
The Shliach and director of the holy sites in Lubavitch, Rabbi Gavriel Gordon, praised the Rabbi and Shliach of Smolensk, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Mondshine, who was involved in organizing the Shabbos.
“It was clear that if we could not gather together, as every year, in the Rebbe’s Shul at 770 and the Rebbe’s Ohel, then we would do it here, in the city of Lubavitch, the place where our Rebbeim led the Chabad Chassidus for 102 years,” Rabbi Gordon said. “The entire Shabbos was one long farbrengen, with hachlatos to strengthen the fulfilling of our holy shlichus through the Shluchim and Mekuravim, and to bring about the days of Moshiach.”
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Today, beis Kislev the seforim of the Frierdiker Rebbe were returned to 770. May the shluchim be successful with Russia sending the seforim of the Rebbeim to 770.