Hundreds of Jewish communal leaders from more than 40 states and dozens of countries converged on Washington, D.C., Tuesday to join their legislators and ambassadors for a three-day advocacy conference focusing on education and the continued development of Jewish life around the globe.

Chief among the “Living Legacy” conference’s goals, said Rabbi Levi Shemtov, is to reflect on the life’s work of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and the development of post-Holocaust Jewry in the six decades since he took the helm of Chabad-Lubavitch.

“The results of the initiatives he created and led are legendary,” stated Shemtov, director of American Friends of Lubavitch, who noted that Chabad-Lubavitch now counts more than 3,500 institutions around the world. “They’ve touched millions of people from all backgrounds, and have significantly altered the landscape of Jewish life.”

Lay leaders and Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries travelled from far and wide for the conference, which counts among its expected participants Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, businessman Ronald Perelman, Israel Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), John Larson (D-Conn.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and ambassadors and senior diplomats.

According to Shemtov, Wednesday’s agenda begins with a study session in Chasidic thought, and morning prayers, followed by a Congressional leadership breakfast on Capitol Hill highlighting the Rebbe’s achievements in the areas of education, morality and charity for which he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor, in 1994.

A lecture examining the concept of enduring leadership is next on the list of events, followed by an international luncheon and a series of regional conferences.

A gala banquet Wednesday night will focus on the 16 years since the Rebbe’s passing and the continuing efforts of countless individuals to strengthen Jewish life.

Participants are expected to head to the White House on Thursday for briefings with Obama administration officials.

“Each of us tries to work every day wherever we are to help ensure a stronger Jewish community, a brighter Jewish future, and a better world,” said Shemtov. “This conference can only result in a strengthened resolve for us collectively and individually to expand even further the Rebbe’s tireless efforts to bring light and warmth to every corner of the globe.”