- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of Orthodox rabbis from around the world have gathered in New York City this weekend for a leadership convention.

They came from near and far - including Long Island and the Bronx, and Thailand and Congo.

On Saturday, the more than 4,000 Lubavitch rabbis gathered at their headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood.

One focus of the conference was the growth of Jewish life on college campuses, and how to further expand activities.

Participants also marked the year of Hakhel (hah-KELL’), promoting Jewish unity and learning.

On Friday, the rabbis visited the grave of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, who had spearheaded a global Jewish revival.

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