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Women Who Changed Jewish Landscape To Meet

One thousand Lubavitch women emissaries will gather this week in New York to assess a year's worth of global community work and plan for the next one.

NEW YORK — More than one thousand women, leaders of Jewish communities around the globe, will converge on Lubavitch World Headquarters in New York this week, January 28-31, for their annual International Lubavitch Women Emissaries' Conference.

The five-day conference will be filled with intensive discussions and workshops dealing with a wide range of issues facing the international Jewish community.

The "Shluchos," as they are called in Hebrew, will choose from a wide variety of workshops and lectures, reports and discussion groups, while catching up with friends and associates, many of whom live continents away.

In their capacity as "Shluchos" (lit. emissaries or representatives) the women serve as school principals, teachers, counselors, writers, Rebbetzins, camp directors, editors, program managers, youth directors and fundraisers. All this in addition to their critical roles as wives and mothers.

Recalling earlier conferences, conference chairman Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky said, "The Rebbe [Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory] would always stress the importance of the moral support and spiritual sustenance the Shluchos give one another simply by meeting and exchanging experiences with one another."

Despite the dozen languages and numerous other differences related to geographic distances, participants blend in with each other, drawn together by common purpose.

The annual conference takes place on and about the 22nd of Shevat, the anniversary of the passing in 1988 of Rebbetzin Chaya Moussia Schneerson of righteous memory, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Rabbi Krinsky noted that the annual conference of Shluchim (male representatives) was held last November and was attended by emissaries from more than 50 countries.