Around 4,000 shluchos, Chabad women emissaries, congregated in and around Crown Heights, Brooklyn, from February 8–13 for the annual Kinus HaShluchos, which featured workshops, talks, and Shabbat celebrations. It might be the biggest gathering of Jewish women exclusively ever.
Israeli broadcast journalist Sivan Rahav-Meir, a keynote speaker at a banquet in a New Jersey convention center, called that ballroom “the most influential room in the world.”
Among the women Chabad emissaries, she cited, one hosted a Passover seder in Nepal for 2,500 people, and a Ukrainian emissary served her community amid war.
New Jersey’s Kinus HaShluchos banquet this year. Chabad-Lubavitch is credited.
However, according to Rahav-Meir, most Chabad women leaders have an invisible impact on their communities. She urged the crowd, “Believe in the strength of every Jew.”
The kinus (Hebrew for “gathering” or “conference”) for women commemorates Chaya Mushka Schneerson, the Lubavitcher rebbe’s wife, who passed away in 1988 at the age of 86. The event coincides with her yahrzeit, which falls on the 22nd of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar.
During the banquet, Miriam Moskovitz, who built a Chabad with her husband Moshe in Kharkov, Ukraine, discussed moving to the city when it was still hidden behind the iron curtain.
She claimed there isn’t a manual on what to do when war wreaks havoc on your neighborhood.
She found herself suddenly assisting in managing a humanitarian effort for those seeking refuge in the synagogue from bombings. Chabad supplied both food and medication.
There was no time for thought or emotion. She informed the shluchos, “We were in action mode.
According to Dalia Sanoff, an emissary in Poughkeepsie, New York, behind every lady going is a community.
She was raised in Tel Aviv as a secular person but is now “part of the effect of the Rebbe’s army.”
Altabe believed that moment of realization must be drawing near because she was surrounded by many other ladies who were also laboring to advance the rebbe’s mission of preparing the world for the messianic period.
She remarked, “It can’t be too far away.” “It’s taking place. Let’s leave. Let’s exert a bit more pressure.
In the late fall, Chabad also holds a Kinus HaShluchim for male emissaries.
The event for women also featured programming for emissaries’ daughters who are themselves young shluchos in addition to the banquet. Participants from remote areas, such as Ivory Coast and Tasmania, report that the programming benefits them.
Zeldi Fradkin, an Italian native currently serving as an ambassador in Coronado, California, expressed it plainly. “[Going to kinus] revitalizes my soul.”