Agudas Chasidei Chabad
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Agudas Chassidei Chabad is the umbrella organization for the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement. It administers the three central Chabad Lubavitch offices: Machneh Israel, Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, and the Kehot Publication Society. The chairman of the Executive Committee is Rabbi Abraham Shemtov.
Agudas Chasidei Chabad was established by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn in 1923. In 1940, upon his arrival in the United States, he assumed the role of President and in 1941, upon the arrival of his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, he appointed him as executive chairman.
Its initial purpose was to "unify the Chasidim (adherents) of Chabad; to establish ordinances in every Chabad synagogue concerning the communal study of Chasidus... To establish Cheders for children and with God-fearing teachers. To establish Yeshivot for students to learn, from whom Torah may spread forth... and to support the organizations founded by the previous (Chabad) Rebbes."
After the passing of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn in 1950, his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson succeeded him as President of Agudas Chassidei Chabad. Since then, Agudas Chassidei Chabad has served as the umbrella organization for the Chabad Lubavitch movement.
In 1984, Rabbi Schneerson selected several new people to serve on the board. After their appointments, the board consisted of the following:
In March 1990, the documents were once again modified and Rabbi Schneerson selected a total of twenty-two individuals to serve as members on the board of the umbrella organization:
- Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, President.
- Chaim Mordechai Hodakov, Vice-President.
- Avraham Shemtov, Chairman.
- Nissan Mindel, Treasurer.
- Yehuda Krinsky, Secretary.
- Benjamin Goredetzky
- Shmuel Dovid Raichik
- Dovid Raskin
- Moshe Herson
- Shlomo Cunin
- Sholom Marozov
- Ephraim Wolff
- Nachman Sudak
- Joseph Weinberg
- Sholom Mendel Simpson
- Benjamin Levetin
- Shimon Goldman
- Zev Kasinetz
- Joshuah Korf
- Joshua Pinson
- Shmuel Fox
- Zev Katz
Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad
During World War II, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak was forced to flee from the USSR and went to Poland. He was given permission by the Soviet government to take many of his religious texts from his library with him. In March 1940, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak managed to escape Europe for the United States, but was unfortunately forced to leave his library behind. In the 1970s, many of the texts were recovered in Poland and were returned to Chabad. Today, the chief librarian is Rabbi Shalom Dovber Levine and contains over 250,000 books.
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- Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad