Chabad marks Rebbes death

Some 50,000 people from all over the world flocked to New York to visit the Lubavicher Rebbe’s gravesite. The annual pilgrimage to the cemetery in Cambria Heights, Queens, on the anniversary of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s death, has become a Chabad tradition since he died 13 years ago.

In honor of his death, which was marked June 18 and 19, Chabad held a day of scholarship, launched a new Web site,, and released a DVD that excerpts parts of a seven-hour speech Schneerson gave in 1972. Schneerson was the architect of Chabad’s emissary program, which now has some 4,000 rabbis in outposts throughout the world. — jta