The first group of “the best and brightest” began arriving in Parksville, NY, Wednesday night for the Global Yarchei Kallah.
By COLlive reporter
Photos by Baruch Ezagui
Leading Torah scholars began arriving Wednesday for the Global Yarchei Kallah in Parksville, NY, an annual summit begun in 1974 to honor Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the father of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
It combines sunshine and mountain breezes with intense Torah learning and in-depth discussions on contemporary issues in Jewish law.
Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, the organizer and chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad, the umbrella group representing the worldwide Lubavitch, calls the annual retreat “a gathering of the best and brightest.”
Aside from the timely discussions, Rabbi Shemtov said “the mere fact that they got together here is a reason for celebration.”
The first group of rabbis, Roshei Yeshiva and Mashpiim came to Camp Gan Israel, where the conference in held, late Wednesday night, after davening at the Rebbe’s Ohel.
As they begin a full schedule on Thursday, they will be joined by additional guests who are coming in from around the U.S., Israel, France and England.