A meeting of the minds
On Nov. 15, Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz, of Chabad of Grass Valley, joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 90 countries, hailing from as far away as Laos and Angola, Ghana and Uzbekistan, at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Brooklyn, NY, where Rabbi Yusewitz and his wife, Chyena were both born and raised.
The annual event, though a first for Rabbi Yusewitz who just moved here in August, is the largest Jewish gathering in North America, aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world.
The rabbis — each embracing multiple roles and responsibilities — explore relevant issues, and learn from professionals and colleagues with years of experience.
The topics covered run the gamut of their concerns: combating antisemitism; stemming the tide of assimilation; understanding troubled relationships; inclusion; and a conference within the conference for rabbis who serve students on college campuses, ensuring a lasting impact on the next generation of communal leaders.
“I look forward to this weekend of inspiration and networking with thousands of Rabbis,” said Rabbi Yusewitz, “and returning to Grass Valley with new ideas, solutions, strength and enthusiasm”.
The conference will include a visit to the Rebbe’s gravesite in the New York City borough of Queens.
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, is considered the most influential rabbi in modern history, impacting millions of Jews with no or minimal Jewish engagement, by empowering his followers to become Jewish leaders all over the world.
Additional highlights of the five-day conference will be the “class picture”, where thousands of rabbis pose for a group photo in front of Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
As well as the gala banquet, where the rabbis are joined by admirers, supporters and lay-leaders from their respected communities, for a sit down dinner, which set a record for being the largest in New York.
The conference also served another vital purpose; it represents an opportunity to connect with other Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries, and recharge their personal energy.
This gives the participants, especially those going back to far and isolated outposts, an exhilarating send-off, coupled with the sense that they are not alone.
Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz is the director of Chabad of Grass Valley and can be reached at 530-404-0020 or rabbi@JewishGV.com.
To learn more about Chabad’s activities and programming for adults and children, visit JewishGV.com or Facebook.com/JewishGV
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