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.

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)
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