Live Sunday at 12:30 PM: The annual Gala Banquet of the Kinus will take place in the early afternoon this year, with 6,500 shluchim and guests gathering to renew, recharge, and reinvigorate.
In acknowledgement of their Israeli colleagues’ unanimous decision to remain at their posts during Israel’s time of need, the conference’s evening gala banquet has been moved back to a 1 p.m. start time, transforming it from a dinner to a lunch event. This will allow for the parallel conference taking place in Israel to join the central one in New York, connecting them if not in person, then virtually.
The banquet has been broadcast live on Chabad.org since 2004, and went all-virtual during Covid before returning to normal a year later. This is the first year, however, that the New York celebration will connect live with a concurrent event on another continent. This year’s program will feature multiple live presentations from Israel, including a prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and from Chabad rabbis currently serving on the frontlines with the IDF.
“In the face of current adversities, many Jews have discovered a newfound feeling of connection to their faith and identity,” says Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. “The shluchim [emissaries] have been tirelessly at the forefront, fortifying the spirit and resilience of their communities. This year’s Kinus comes at a critical moment in the history of our people, and we hope it serves as a source of energy, connection and vision for the future.”