CONTACT: Rabbi Shmuly Altein

March 20, 2009

(204) 414-5624


Worldwide Synchronized Lecture Series in Honor of the Jewish “Year of Gathering”

Winnipeg to Join International Unity Lectures



"Healing Through Unity: One People - One Heart"


Hundreds of Jewish communities around the world will gather on Sunday, June 14, to hear a live broadcast of an address by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Former Chief Rabbi of Israel. A Holocaust survivor, Lau immigrated to Israel after his release from the Buchenwald concentration camp.  Widely known for his efforts to bridge the gaps that separate Jews: religious, political and ideological, Lau has won world-wide admiration and respect from Jews and non-Jews alike. Actively encouraging tolerance and interfaith understanding, he works tirelessly to promote peace in the Middle East. Rabbi Lau is the third of four speakers to address worldwide Jewry, in a series of four webcast lectures to be held in honor of the Jewish “Year of Gathering.” 


In Biblical times, the entire Jewish nation assembled every seven years in the holy temple courtyard, to hear the king address the people and exhort them in the study of Torah and service of G‑d.  “In our generation,” explains Rabbi Shmuly Altein, Director of the Chabad Jewish Learning Institute, “the Lubavitcher Rebbe has encouraged us to revisit the nearly forgotten tradition of these hakhel gatherings, and organize similar events to inspire and invigorate.”  He emphasizes that, “One of the most fundamental aspects of hakhel [literally, “Assemble!”] was that it emphasized unity and included everyone:  man, woman and child.  We thus hope to reach out and invite all Jews to participate, regardless of religious background or affiliation.”


The broadcast of the third lecture will take place locally in Winnipeg at the Chabad Torah Centre, 1825 Grant Avenue on Sunday, June 14 at 6:30pm -8:00pm.  True to the theme of hakhel, the Unity Lectures are designed for people with all levels of Jewish knowledge, and participants don’t have to have any prior experience or background learning to attend and enjoy this series.  All members of the community, regardless of affiliation, are invited to attend.


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The Unity Lectures are a project of the Chabad Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). JLI is the adult education arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, and offers courses and educational programs throughout the year.