Lexington Rabbi a part of world’s longest zoom call

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington Rabbi Shlomo Litvin can now add a new accolade to his impressive list; he was a part of the world’s longest Zoom meeting.

Litvin says every year he travels to New York to join the world’s largest Rabbinic gathering, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries.

This year, Litvin attended virtually via Zoom. He says the meeting is the world record longest Zoom call at over 100 hours long.

The conference brings together Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis from all of the United States and more than 100 countries.

Chabad is a Jewish organization known for its community outreach.

Litvin says the group discussed several topics including the value of each person, how to best serve communities during lockdowns, and how to celebrate Chanukkah during coronavirus.

“We talked about the Rebbe’s call to light up the darkness,” said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin. “In light of recent antisemitism, and with Chanukah just around the corner, this life-changing event couldn’t be more timely.”

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, was an influential Jewish leader and Litvin’s mentor.

Rabbi Litvin says the Zoom call has continued through several time zones as a post Shabbat celebration with up to 1,000 rabbis on the call at any time.

Rabbi Schneerson founded the conference in 1983 as part of a Jewish revival after the Holocaust, building a network of institutions serving millions around the world.

Litvin says his family is one of over 5,000 Chabad-Lubavitch emissary families continuing the Rebbe’s work.

“The conference brings added significance as this year marks 70 years since the Rebbe became the ‘Rebbe,’ assuming spiritual leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement,” Litvin adds.

“I was honored to address hundreds of my fellow rabbis,” Litvin said. “And even more honored to represent Lexington and the University of Kentucky at this historic event. I look forward to sharing this inspiration with my community.”

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