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Thousands of Orthodox rabbis from 86 countries gather in Brooklyn

November 9, 2015 Associated Press
Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis are seen among a sea of black hats as they gather for a group photo in front of the Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in Crown Heights on Sunday. Photos: Eliyahu Parypa /
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Thousands of Orthodox rabbis from around the world gathered in Brooklyn this past weekend for a leadership convention.

They came from near and far — including Long Island and the Bronx, and Thailand and Congo.

On Saturday, the more than 4,000 Lubavitch rabbis gathered at their headquarters in Crown Heights.

One focus of the conference was the growth of Jewish life on college campuses, and how to further expand activities.

Participants also marked the year of Hakhel, promoting Jewish unity and learning.

On Friday, the rabbis visited the grave of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, who had spearheaded a global Jewish revival.

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