Thousands of rabbis from around the world came together for the International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries on Sunday. The men in black posed for a series of giant group photos in front of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish group’s headquarters on Eastern Parkway, then headed to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for a banquet and what a spokesman described as “spirited” dancing.
The Hasidic organization is dedicated to converting fellow Jews and has brought its rabbis together annually for the last 31 years to brainstorm evangelical tactics. This year 4,200 rabbis from 80 countries showed up, according to the group.
This year’s conference also marked the 20th anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Schneerson’s passing. Known as “the Rebbe,” Schneerson is credited with starting the Lubavitcher movement, and came to the United States in 1941 fleeing the Holocaust. The visiting rabbis trekked to his gravesite in Queens ahead of the day’s festivities.