On Thursday, more than 3,000 Chabad-Lubavitch women leaders from around the world began arriving in Crown Heights for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries, reported Chabad.org.This year’s kinnus (conference), taking place from Thursday, February 13, to Monday, February 17, is a tribute to the legacy of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, the wife of the Rebbe Schneerson.

The annual gathering aims to bolster the Jewish faith globally while simultaneously dispelling any notions that Hasidic women play a diminished role in Hasidic Life. The conference will address such topics as fundraising, adult education, mental health, the opioid epidemic, mental health and how to continually foster Jewish pride in the face of growing hostility.

Hailing from as far away as Isreal, China, Ghana and Uzbekistan, the women will spend the time together brainstorming about the future of world Jewry and, more specifically, their roles as representatives of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The women leaders hashluchos (emissaries), who embrace multiple roles and responsibilities, will take part in seminars and workshops while sharing what each knows surrounding the most pressing issues impacting their communities and their future.

Dini Freundlich—co-director of Chabad of Beijing, China, with her husband, Rabbi Shimon Freundlich—will serve as keynote speaker at the conference’s gala banquet on Sunday night.

The couple will discuss Chabad’s role in serving communities facing the COVID-19 coronavirus in China and in other affected locales around the world.

Dini Freundlich, seated at left, will be keynote speaker at the gala banquet on Sunday night. Photo: Chabad.org
Dini Freundlich, seated at left, will be keynote speaker at the gala banquet on Sunday night.
“As women, we have every ability to be part of the mission and dream of the Rebbe [Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory],”  Dini Freundlich told Chabad.org. “We should each find areas we shine in—our creative side, social side, academic side—each woman and each of her daughters. We all have a responsibility to make the world a better place, to spread the love and warmth and message of the Rebbe.”The conference will also host a smaller conference for Hebrew educators around the best ways to impart lasting impact on the next generation of communal leaders.

Sunday will combine a day of workshops for emissaries and guests, culminating with a gala banquet, which will be broadcast live on Chabad.org beginning at 5:30pm.

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Go here for more information on the conference and details of the four-day itinerary.

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