From Rwanda to Woodstock: A Look at Chabad Houses That Opened This Year – A glimpse of the emissaries and various communities they serve –

Thousands of Chabad emissaries are gathering this weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim), which began on Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 25. One highlight of the yearly celebration, which brings together 5,800 Chabad rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 U.S. states, as well as 100 countries and territories, is witnessing the growth of Chabad’s worldwide network of emissaries. took a moment to look at some of these emissary couples and the communities they serve.

Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda, one of the smallest countries on the African mainland, is marked by a history of violence and genocide. Its small but rapidly growing Jewish community includes men and women who assist its struggling, mostly rural population, helping with poverty relief, health care and economic development. With the vision of serving the fledgling Jewish community’s spiritual needs, Rabbi Chaim and Dina Bar Sella recently opened a new Chabad center in Kigali. Rabbi Bar Sella is the country’s first permanent rabbi, and the couple’s center includes the nation’s first synagogue.

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan—home to a whopping 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, world-class universities, and the headquarters of Nintendo and many other tech companies—attracts many Jewish visitors from Israel, North America and Europe. That’s why just before Passover this year, Rabbi Dovid and Chaya Mushka Posner, and their son Menachem Mendel, founded the city’s first permanent Chabad House.

Hackensack, N.J.


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