Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis gather by the thousands for their annual “group picture” in Brooklyn early Sunday morning, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. This international group gathers primarily to spread awareness of Judaism, its teachings, and its cultural practices.
This year, as the 39th annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, also marks a year of great significance in Judaism: Hakhel, an event that occurs once every seven years falls out this year, which is intended to bring the Jewish community together and is observed through study of the Torah.
Over 100 countries participate in this event, spanning back to its beginning in 1987. This year was observed with a tint of melancholy however, as the man responsible for organizing the “class picture” of Rabbis since 2014, Dep. Chief Charles M. Scholl, passed away this year at the age of 64. The approximately 6000 Rabbis paid tribute to the man responsible for faithfully serving his community over a 41 year career.
The International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries will be going on all this week.
Story by Emily Cotler
Photos By Bruce Cotler