Jan 26, 2014
Kinus Hashluchos Gala Banquet
Photos by Monika Lightstone

The 5774 Kinus Hashluchos gala banquet united 3,500 Chabad Shluchos and supporters at the New York Hilton. Relive the moments.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by Monika Lightstone and Michal Weiss


The Gala Banquet of the International Kinus Hashluchos took place at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan, uniting over 3,000 Chabad Shluchos, family members and friends on Sunday.

The event culminated the 4-day conference in Brooklyn that included inspirational speakers, discussions, workshops and farbrengens focusing on life in service of the global Jewish community.

The emcee was Mrs. Estee Stern, a second generation Shlucha in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her parents are Rabbi Avraham and Hadassa Vigler.

"We are one family spread across the globe," she said. "We are part of a worldwide organization working side by side and hand in hand to make this world a spiritual and G-dly place."

Warmly thanked for their dedicated work as members of the Executive Committee were Mrs. Esther Grossbaum of Canada, Mrs. Rivkie Kahanov of Florida, Mrs. Chaya Perman of Venezuela, Mrs. Dinie Rapoport of Wisconson and Mrs. Nechama Shemtov of Washington, DC.

Singled out for her presence was Rebbetzin Simi Abuhatzeira, widow of the great Sephardic kabbalist, Rabbi Yisroel Abuhatzeira OBM, known as the Baba Sali who had a special relationship with the Rebbe.

After being invited to say a chapter of Tehillim, Mrs. Dina Hurwitz commented, "Thank you. I am honored and blessed to be able to call myself your sister." Hurwitz's husband, Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, is battling ALS disease as they remain on Shlichus in Temecula, California.

Chabad niggunim were sung by accomplished performer Esther Freeman and the girls participating in the Kinus Yaldei Hashluchos, the convention for daughters of Shluchos taking place parallel to the women's conference.

Names and photos of Shluchos who passed away this past year were displayed in memoriam. Two of them passed away a mere week ago - Mrs. Keny Deren of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Chasiah Kudan of Florida.

Addressing the evening were also Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch, the educational and social services arm of Chabad-Lubavitch which organizes the convention.

Sharing a personal perspective of life on Shlichus was an off-script conversation on stage, moderated by Mrs. Baila Olidort, editor of lubavitch.com and Lubavitch International, with Mrs. Estie Greenberg, Shlucha in Anchorage, Alaska and Mrs. Chanie Mondshine of Smolensk, Russia.

Providing a perspective of the receiving-end of the Shluchos was Mrs. Diana Sragowicz, scion of the major philanthropist Rohr family and daughter of Moshe and Lilian Tabacinic. "My own family exists only thanks to Chabad," she said.

As an introduction to the keynote speaker, she spoke fondly of her Shluchim, Rabbi Shalom Ber and Chanie Lipskar, leaders of the legendary The Shul in Bal Harbour, Florida.









VIDEO:

Greetings: Mrs. Estee Stern - Johannesburg, South Africa


Global Update: Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky


Message to Shluchos: Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky


Guest Speaker: Diana Sragowicz


Keynote Address: Chanie Lipskar


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1
Thank you
Thank you collive and chabad.org for bringing this to us
(1/26/2014 2:47:41 PM)
2
chayee
thank you you are allll amazing !!!!!!!!
(1/26/2014 5:13:30 PM)
3
! :)
Thank you Collive.com for posting this!
Hopefully i will have the opportunity to see my mother! :)
(1/26/2014 5:45:11 PM)
4
Monseyjew
Is anyone else having problems with watching it live
(1/26/2014 5:47:03 PM)
5
To #4
no, but that happens when a lot of people try to watch it at once.
(1/26/2014 6:14:04 PM)
6
heads up 4 tomorrow

NYC Alt Side Parking @NYCASP
#NYCASP rules are in effect on Mon, Jan. 27.
about 3 hours ago
(1/26/2014 6:43:51 PM)
7
Australia
I'm not sure what time it is there so i'm not sure when to come back ???????
(1/26/2014 7:03:39 PM)
8
amezeing
I LOVET it
(1/26/2014 7:21:46 PM)
9
Australia
for me 25 more mins left till it continues !!!!!
(1/26/2014 7:40:43 PM)
10
nice
it works gr8
(1/26/2014 8:04:36 PM)
11
Performance
Did the girls already do the singing?
(1/26/2014 8:28:26 PM)
12
amazing
this brodecast is amazing
(1/26/2014 8:35:25 PM)
13
Banquete
המשיח ידבר אך ורק בעברית מי שלא יודעת לא תוכל להבין מה הוא מדבר חייבים ללמוד כדי שהבנקט בשנה הבאה יהיה רק בעברית עם תרגום לאנגלית ולא להפך אי אפשר לשמוע את הבנקאט בעברית אני לא מבינה אנגלית סן פאולו
(1/26/2014 9:06:41 PM)
14
Mrs Lipsker שתחי'
Truly an amazing speech and an inspiring story
(1/26/2014 9:20:44 PM)
15
Estée Stern is amay-zingggg!!
(1/26/2014 9:26:50 PM)
16
yehudis
amazing!!!
(1/26/2014 9:28:01 PM)
17
ufaraztah yamah vakaidmah v'tzafonah vanegbah
ashreinu, mah tov chelkeinu. l'shanah haba'ah be'rushalayim! truly inspiring. Thank you, shluchos.
(1/26/2014 9:29:14 PM)
18
Mrs Lightstone!!!!
Best art teacher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/26/2014 9:30:57 PM)
19
amazing!
Thanks so much for posting this it brings me a lot of chizuk
to hear the speakers and see all the shluchos together!!!
(1/26/2014 9:31:56 PM)
20
woohoo
goooo florida ! our shluchim and shluchos are amazing !
(1/26/2014 9:46:21 PM)
21
WHAT ABOUT
What about a round of applause for the unsung heros who don't get the honors of t he titles etc. but live right here in the jungle aka New York and do their shlichus with the countless unaffilliated Jews they cross paths with on a daily basis, be it in a supermarket, on the street, in a hospital etc. and change their lives forever. How about a round of aplause FOR THE SHLUCHOS OF NEW YORK!!!!! (not to mention constantly and forever opening their homes to shabbatons and shluchim etc.)
(1/26/2014 9:47:56 PM)
22
ESTEE STERN
BH Estee stern you are special!!! Your gorgeous smile and genuine positivity and enthusiasm lit up the room and the crowd! I hope you read this! Great job!!!
(1/26/2014 10:10:58 PM)
23
Chanie Lipskar
About time they had her don't you think?
(1/26/2014 11:40:07 PM)
24
What about the Interviewer?
You missed mentioning the eloquent Interviewer, Mrs. Baila Olidort, in your report - a refreshing new dimension to the Banquet's program this year!
(1/27/2014 12:30:47 AM)
25
I SAW MANYA LAZAROFF
(1/27/2014 12:53:01 AM)
26
ESTEE STERN
You were outstanding and made us proud.
From Tzippy and family in RBS
(1/27/2014 1:05:52 AM)
27
#13
moshiach speaks in yiddish
look and listen to all the rebbe's videos
(1/27/2014 1:15:58 AM)
28
babysitters
where are the pics of the hard working babysitters
besras hashem the next generation of shluchos!!!
(1/27/2014 1:17:12 AM)
29
Thank you Estee
You did a perfect job!! Nachas!!
(1/27/2014 7:32:16 AM)
30
chaya deitsch!
lots of love from Israel!!!!
(1/27/2014 11:05:09 AM)
31
Chaya Deitsch rox!!!!!!
go Chaya Deitsch! :)
awesome job!
(1/27/2014 12:24:30 PM)
32
ESTEE STERN
You were no doubt the S T A R of the evening!!!!!
best choice ever!!!!!!!!!!
lots of love
(1/27/2014 2:02:10 PM)
33
Braziill
You rock!!!
Arrasaram!!,
(1/27/2014 3:13:37 PM)
34
go sara newman!!
(1/27/2014 8:00:04 PM)
35
ESTEE STERN
What a great MC!
(1/27/2014 8:57:35 PM)
36
Chasidic familly history
Chani you were amazing! loyal to your familly!
Chani's Bobbe, Ite Henia was Levin from Nevel, the sister of the famous chasidim, Levin brothers, Guershon Ber, Faitl and Yisroel Nevler
(1/27/2014 10:15:41 PM)
37
#21
u are right...they all deserve a thank you especially for being so hospitable to shluchim/shluchos/guests during the kinus/Tishrei and other events...
(1/28/2014 5:35:42 PM)
38
I would like to thank
I would like to thank the Kinus organization, specially the Guests Program, but also a very special Thanks to Crown Heights residents who have been great shluchim on achnasat orchim. As year after year, event after event open their homes and their hearts to all of us that come from the 4 corners of the world. Thank you Crown Heighters, thank you Merkos Le Ynainey Chinuch, thank you shluchot and Thank you Chabad!!!! This Kinus was a great Achdut moment!
(1/28/2014 6:25:31 PM)
39
bubby shulaaaaaaaa
you are a true example to all of us Bubbe Kazen
bobby laine we love you
what an amazing hochnosos orchim
we love coming to you
(1/28/2014 7:56:46 PM)
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