A Brooklyn Portrait

Each November, thousands of rabbis from around the world gather in Brooklyn for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, an event aimed at “reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world.” The annual “class portrait” is surprising diverse: The assembled rabbis at this year’s conference, which kicked off in Crown Heights one the November 17 weekend, ranged in age from twentysomething to ninetysomething, and hailed from countries as varied as Congo, Uruguay, and South Korea.

Rabbi Chaim Landa, associate director of media relations, has likened the event to a family reunion — in some cases literally. This year’s gathering included three generations of rabbis from the Shemtov clan: grandfather Abraham, father Eliezer, and son Menachem.