As the 20th anniversary of passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, approaches, Jewish communities all over the world are hosting symposiums, inspirational gatherings and other events celebrating his outsized contribution to the Jewish life worldwide.
Many of the celebrations will be in the form of a farbrengen, an informal Chassidic gathering where Torah thoughts, soul-stirring melodies and words of inspiration are shared over light refreshments.
While these farbrengens are taking place from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Brooklyn to Beijing, thousands are expected to participate in a series of three online streamed farbrengens sponsored by Jewish.TV, Chabad.org’s multimedia portal.
The first of the series—all to air Eastern Daylight Time—will be hosted by noted thinker and lecturer, Rabbi Manis Friedman, whose theme will be “The Challenge of Our Times.” The webcast is set to begin on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m.
Two days later, on Tuesday, June 24, at 9 p.m, Mrs. Mashi Lipskar—a longtime emissary of the Rebbe to South Africa—will discuss “Marching Orders From the Rebbe for Each of Us.”
The last of the series—slated for Thursday, June 29, at 9 p.m.—will be hosted by Rabbi Mendel Lipskier, emissary to Sherman Oaks, Calif., whose farbrengen is titled “What It Means to Me.”
“These gatherings are appropriate and encouraged for people of all backgrounds,” says Shmuel Lifshitz of Jewish.TV. “Both those who are well-acquainted and those new to Chabad programs are sure to find learning, inspiration and deep meaning.”