NEW YORK (AP) -- Jews worldwide have planned a thousand gatherings for Sunday, the l00th anniversary of the birth of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, Lubavitch World Headquarters reported.
A native of Nikolaev, Ukraine, Schneerson built his New York-based community of Hasidic Orthodox Jews into a major force for Jewish education and outreach in many nations.
Some 24,000 people were expected to attend a ceremony at Schneerson's grave in Queens, New York. Other anniversary projects included new videos and CDs of the rabbi's talks, distribution of tons of matzoh for Passover, publication of Talmud manuscripts and extra Talmud memorization by 3,500 students.
The Lubavitchers also held an anniversary fest last week in Washington, D.C., that drew 700 Jewish leaders from 42 countries. Speakers included White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Meier Lau, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Talmud scholar Adin Steinsaltz and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.
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