How Many Rabbis Does It Take to Make the World’s Largest Selfie?


More than 2,000* Orthodox rabbis tried to win the selfie game by taking one with all of them together during this weekend’s 31st annual Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Crown Heights. They claim it’s the largest selfie ever taken, but, unfortunately, Guinness World Records doesn’t yet have a category for such a feat.

To fit into one frame, the rabbis — all clad in the typical black and white — had to arrange tiered chairs in front of the Chabad-Lubavitch HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway. The good news is that they didn’t simply do so to snap a selfie: It’s a typical arrangement for the group’s annual portrait, of which the selfie was but one (delightful) part. And as an additional bonus, there’s drone footage of the gathering.

DRONE - Kinus Photo5 from Gothamist on Vimeo.

Good luck finding yourselves in that photo, guys.

*This post originally stated that there were 4,200 rabbis in the photo. In fact, the conference had 4,200 attendees, but only about half were in the image.

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