Chabad Women’s International Banquet
Sunday, February 19 | 5:00pm
By reservation only


The International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries is a yearly event, in which thousands of chabad emisaaries gather to share inspiration, ideas and goals, leaving rejuvenated and ready to carry on their work with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.

Conference for Women

From the very outset, the Rebbe had expressed his desire that the conference be simultaneously for men and women, and even children. However, when the logistics of providing local childcare for large families with both spouses away got in the way, the Rebbe urged organizers to facilitate programs for the female emissaries who were able to accompany their spouses to New York during what had evolved into the men’s kinus.

Since 1991, however, an international kinus for the female emissaries is also held each year. Per the women's’ initiative, it is timed to coincide with the yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of the Rebbe’s wife,Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, of righteous memory (on 22 Shevat), whose concern for and interest in the chabad emissaries was legendary.

The Rebbe would deliver a special address to the participants and distribute dollars for charity along with blessings. The Rebbe often quoted the Talmudic teaching, “The exodus from Egypt was in the merit of the righteous women of that generation," explaining that in our times as well, individual and global transformation occurs in the merit of righteous women.

As the number of emissaries has doubled, tripled and quadrupled, it has become increasingly difficult to find a hosting venue for the conferences, especially for the closing banquet, which supporters and parents of emissaries may attend as well. In recent years, organizers have shown creativity by taking raw spaces such as armories and piers and converting them into a ballroom for a night.

The final banquet is broadcast live on Jewish.TV, enabling tens of thousands to tune in. Many have reported that seeing these incredibly dedicated emissaries celebrating the Jewish People with boundless joy is truly awe inspiring

Who Are the Chabad Emissaries?

They are men and women who were dispatched by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, to communities all over the globe to dedicate their lives to serve the Jewish people. You can find them in far-flung places such as India, Nepal or Siberia, and you can usually also find them closer to home, too, in your own community.

They labor to connect Jews to their heritage, raise Jewish awareness andmitzvah observance, and teach Torah. Yet their mission isn’t only a spiritual one; the Rebbe charged them to discover what the unique needs of their respective communities are and to selflessly provide those, opening their hearts and homes and helping every Jew in any way they can.

Immediately upon assuming leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the Rebbe personally called upon individual disciples and asked them to move to specific locations to spread Judaism. Today, there are more than 4,000 families of chabad emissaries in 75 countries all around the world, continuing the Rebbe’s charge to spread the Torah’s teachings and inspiration far and wide.

Lay Leaders

While the Rabbis and Rebbetzins have dedicated their lives to serving the Jewish people, the Rebbe would often say that “everyone is an emissary.” In recent years the kinus expanded to include a special program for lay leaders from local communities. As guests of the emmisaries, the lay leaders partake of their own mini-conference, sharing notes and deriving inspiration from one another. They join together with the emissaries for the gala banquet, which closes the event.