Mercer Island rabbi to join other Jewish leaders to honor victims of Pittsburgh massacre

The conference’s aim is to strengthening Jewish awareness and practice around the world.

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 1:30am
  • News

Last week, Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld of Chabad Mercer Island, joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, hailing from as far away as Laos and Angola, Ghana and Uzbekistan, at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The annual event, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, came just days after the anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 dead, and as the Chabad-Lubavitch movement marks nearly 10 years since the murder of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

“The Rebbe taught us that every person is endowed with importance and every positive act is a cause for celebration,” says Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld. “That idea is the thrust of the conference.”

The rabbis — each embracing multiple roles and responsibilities — explored relevant issues, and learned from professionals and colleagues with years of experience. The topics ran the gamut of their concerns: combating antisemitism; counseling and guiding congregations in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh attacks; synagogue security; the opioid epidemic; mental health; stemming the tide of assimilation; counseling troubled relationships; inclusion; and a conference within the conference for rabbis who serve students on college campuses, ensuring a lasting impact on the next generation.

They continue the legacy of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, who spearheaded a global Jewish revival after the Holocaust. Universally known simply as the Rebbe, Rabbi Schneerson is considered the most influential rabbi in modern history. Although he died 24 years ago, the Rebbe’s legacy remains as vibrant as ever. His teachings continue to be a guiding force as a new generation of both Jews and non-Jews seeks to positively change the world for the better.

The conference included a memorial for the victims of the Pittsburgh Massacre.

The largest Jewish gathering in North America took place last week, right after the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue left 11 dead. Contributed photo

The largest Jewish gathering in North America took place last week, right after the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue left 11 dead. Contributed photo

[flipp]

More in News

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Democratic lawmakers roll out spending plans for climate change, homelessness

Republican opposition calls for tax relief, rather than spending the increased revenue.

MIHS Principal Vicki Puckett. File photo
MIHS principal Puckett announces pending resignation

A survey will collect feedback on what community is looking for in candidates.

PNW plant-based foods could help in climate fight

Animal products create a lot of emissions, but veggie alternatives are coming from King County.

The Colstrip Power Plant in Montana. Puget Sound Energy owns 25 percent of the remaining two units. File photo
PSE files to sell part of Colstrip coal plant

The utility owns two units at the Montana power plant.

Fentanyl (Courtesy photo)
Fentanyl overdoses keep increasing in King County

Meth overdoses are on the rise as well, continuing a trend reported on last year.

Charter review could overhaul King County Sheriff’s Office

Several changes to the King County Sheriff’s Office were proposed.

The language of the original bill prohibited privately-owned detainment facilities from being contracted by local, state, or federal government entities, but a last-second amendment was adopted to substantially narrow the focus of the legislation. File photo
Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities

Last minute amendment exempted ICE detainment facility.

Natalie DeFord / staff photo
                                People walk past the Mercer Island Park and Ride on a cloudy morning.
Parking permit sales for February

Optional reservations for Mercer Island Park and Ride.

Most Read