Chabad is doing Ellen DeGeneres one – or maybe a few thousand, better. The Hollywood star’s Oscar selfie with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep set Twitter records and has been valued at as much as $1 billion. Chabad-Lubavitch’s version isn’t so glitzy, but it’s much, much bigger, featuring about 2,000 rabbis gathered for the movement’s annual conference.
Since 1983, Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis from around the world have gathered at the yearly Kinus Hashluchim, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. It’s held at Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.
This year, about half of the 4,200 rabbis in attendance arrayed themselves on tiers of chairs for the photo, which they hope will set its own record, for the largest selfie.
“We are really one big family,” Rabbi Levi Slonim of the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University told Chabad's website. “Who better to be with, for what might be a world-record-setting group selfie?”