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Inspirational National Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis

Friday, 14 July, 2017 - 10:00 pm

More than eighty Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis (Shluchim) from all over the UK came together this week for their annual conference (Kinus) in the Midlands.

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The Kinus was graced by the presence of the inspirational Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky from Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters, New York. Among many roles he oversees the educational requirements of the more than 4,000 Chabad religious and educational institutions worldwide.

The Kinus Dinner Guest of Honour - Dayan Shmuel Simons of the London Beth Din - spoke on the unique nature of the Chabad Lubavitch mission and congratulated the Shluchim on their commitment to Anglo-Jewry whilst Rabbi Dovid Katz of West Hampstead delivered the Keynote speech.

The evening was ably chaired by Rabbi Y. Sufrin, Trustee of Chabad Lubavitch UK; with Tehillim led by Rabbi I. Sufrin, Director of Friends of the Small Communities and one of the longest serving Shluchim in the UK.

During the two days of conference the Shluchim took part in more than 20 mainly peer-led sessions on every conceivable aspect of the modern day rabbinate and left energised to serve their communities with renewed purpose and vigour. 

A speaker at the conference was Rabbi Yossy Gordon, Executive Vice President of Chabad on Campus International.

Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, CEO of Chabad Lubavitch UK commented that “the immense growth of Chabad Lubavitch in both numbers of Shluchim and reach of each individual centre is inspiring and invigorating. This is a testament to the vibrant Jewish community here in the UK and to the relevant and cutting-edge programming available to Jews of all walks of life.

The presence of Rabbi Kotlarsky, even for such a short period of time energised the Shluchim and encouraged them to return to their communities with an exciting vision for the future of Anglo-Jewry.”

Rabbi Yossy Gordon, Executive Vice President of Chabad on Campus International flew in specifically for the Kinus. His unique blend of down to earth and humorous advice delivered in a heartfelt manner held the Shluchim spellbound until the early hours of the morning. 

Rabbi Yehuda Pink, Chair of the Organising Committee, thanked all the volunteers who had spend many weeks planning the conference for their hard work and dedication that ensured that this years Kinus was the best attended ever.

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