Annual Rabbinical Conference Underway in Post-Sandy New York
Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, director of the Lubavitch Center of Essex County in West Orange, N.J., had been looking forward to the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries that began Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y., with intense anticipation. Focused all last week on relief efforts and community rebuilding following Hurricane Sandy, he needed the several days of workshops, classes and lectures more than ever.
‘I need to recharge my batteries at some point,’ said Kasowitz, one of thousands of emissaries who came to New York from points all across the globe. ‘It’s something I look forward to all year, something that gives me a spiritual boost and a lot of energy.’
Though Sunday’s gala banquet was switched at the last minute from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to the New York Hilton in nearby Manhattan because of the hurricane, organizers reported that the program of both the banquet and the larger conference have remained largely the same.