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Photo Slideshow: Thousands of Chabad rabbis gather in NYC

More than 5,000 people from the devout Chabad-Lubavitch movement -- the vast majority of them rabbis -- gathered in New York City for their annual conference, which ended on Nov. 3.

From left, Rabbi Binyomin Klein, Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Rabbi Moshe Feller, and Rabbi Zalman A. Grossbaum are seen among a sea of black hats as they pose for a group photo in front of Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Sunday (Nov. 3). They are among nearly 4,000 rabbis from around the world who are in New York for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, an annual event aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. Photo courtesy Meir Alfasi / Chabad.org

More than 5,000 people from the devout Chabad-Lubavitch movement — the vast majority of them rabbis — gathered in New York City for their annual conference, which ended on Nov. 3. Most are emissaries for the movement, which is based in Brooklyn, traces itself back to 18th century Russia and sends its representatives to more than 80 countries.

Invigorated in the last century by Rebbe Menachem M. Schneerson, who died in 1994, Chabad endeavors to deepen the spirituality of Jews globally. The movement is among the very largest of all groups of Hasidim — the most Orthodox of Jews.

Former vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, a non-Hasidic Orthodox Jew who admires Chabad, addressed the gathering, which culminated in Brooklyn at what is known as the largest sit down dinner in New York City.

Photos courtesy Chabad.org

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