In recent years, the army of Lubavitch Shluchim has grown exponentially, with many new Shluchim joining the International mission, creating new Jewish communities and centers that are springing up in locations across the globe.
This growth can be clearly observed each year at the International Conference of Shluchim. Each year, thousands of the Rebbe’s foot-soldiers converge on Crown Heights for a weekend of reenergizing and inspiring one another in a place where the brotherly love is palpable and real. Over the weekend, the convention holds numerous sessions and lectures dealing with a smorgasbord of complex Jewish issues that are the reality for so many Shluchim out on the front.
Most important, however, the Shluchim return to 770 to report back to the Rebbe, the Meshale’ach, and refocus on the mission entrusted to the Shluchim, namely, to prepare the world for Moshiach’s imminent arrival.
To accommodate the increase in Shluchim, the Vaad HaKinus’s production committee got creative reorganizing the seating plan of the grand banquet to enable a larger number of seats. First, the stage was relocated to the rear of 770, allowing an additional few hundred invitees to attend. However, by the time the next year rolled around, that was again not nearly enough. The production committee responded by moving the stage to the Aron Kodesh near the front of 770, thus clearing the way for additional tables to be set up under the woman’s section of the Shul.
As this year’s Kinus of 5776 approaches, it’s become obvious that despite the extra two hundred seats added to last year’s banquet, the room just could not handle the larger numbers of Shluchim. The Vaad haKinus told ChabadInfo that they have no choice but to enact measures that will allow for every Shliach to participate fully in this once-a-year highlight event.
One of those measures to increase seats for Shluchim is to severely limit the number of Ba’le Batim who may attend the banquet. This is a last resort measure the Vaad felt compelled to enact with a heavy heart. Despite understanding the incredible influence participation in the banquet often has on Ba’le Batim who attend, when choosing between a Shliach and a Ba’l Habos the answer is obvious.
Shluchim who wish to receive a rare exemption to that rule for permission to invite a Ba’l Habos to the banquet, should do so ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vaad HaKinus requests that Shluchim who have yet to register should do so as early as possible.
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