Thousands of Chabad Shluchim Gather

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More than 5,000 Chabad shluchim from 86 countries gathered on Sunday for a group photo in front of the World Lubavitch Headquarters in Crown Heights. (Mendel Benhamou)
More than 5,000 Chabad shluchim from 86 countries gathered on Sunday for a group photo in front of the World Lubavitch Headquarters in Crown Heights. (Mendel Benhamou)
Thousands of Chabad shluchim on Sunday at the gala dinner in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park. (Schneur Shiff/COLlive)
Thousands of Chabad shluchim on Sunday at the gala dinner in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park. (Schneur Shiff/COLlive)

Thousands of Chabad shluchim from around the world have gathered in Brooklyn this weekend for their annual leadership convention.

More than 5,000 shluchim — the wives have a separate convention in January — came from 86 countries around the world. They are from as near as Long Island and the Bronx  and from as far as Thailand and Congo. The center point of the convention was at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, home of the World Lubavitch Headquarters.

One focus of the conference was the growth of Jewish life on college campuses, and how to further expand activities. On Friday, they visited the kever of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, Harav Menachem Mendel Schneerson, in Queens. The gala dinner was on Sunday evening at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park.

Moishy Holtzberg, the sole survivor of the Chabad family murdered al kiddush Hashem seven years ago in a terror attack on the Mumbai Chabad center, led the gathering in Tehillim.