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When Jewish Life Goes Viral: Home for Shabbat

In this multimedia mini-series, we look at Chabad’s response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Jewish life events. In this, part one, we look at how Chabad is revising its boisterous Shabbat celebrations

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, March 27, 2020


We humans have a primordial need to know. When something happens that upends our reality, we feel great urgency to unravel the enigma. We need to comprehend the significance we trust is there. If only we could make sense of the madness, we could (try at least) to accept it with some equanimity.

Baila Olidort | News | Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Demand Soars for DIY Seder Kits

The COVID-19 pandemic during the days leading up to Passover challenges Chabad to help people throughout the world celebrate the holiday while sheltering in place, at home.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Monday, March 23, 2020


Panic swept residents of Zagreb Sunday morning when, while sheltering at home from the coronavirus, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake--the largest in 140 years--struck the city.

Staff Writer | News | Sunday, March 22, 2020

Amid School Shutdowns, Thousands Attend Virtual Hebrew School

With school closed in cities and countries around the world, thousands of Jewish children have logged in to the Virtual Hebrew School, a project of Merkos’s Chabad Kids Network-CKids.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Purim Makes it to Maryland VA Hospital Just in Time

This year, the threat of COVID-19 meant that Purim could not come soon enough, especially for seniors isolated in nursing homes.

Toby Trompeter | News | Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Aleph Gives Alternative Sentencing A Go

Rabbi Moshe Mayir Vogel is the Executive Director of the Aleph Institute-North East Region. Together, with a team of social workers, Vogel ensures that “No Jew is alone,” behind bars.

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, March 16, 2020


Specifically, the virus reminds us that none of us is an island; that each one of us affects others and is affected by others. And if something as small as a microbe is all it takes to trigger a global crisis, every deliberate act of goodness that we practice can create a positive universal transformation.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Sunday, March 15, 2020

Gleaning Jewish Wisdom Through Art

On the first Friday of every month, the quiet cobblestone streets of Old City Philadelphia are reborn into a bustling, contemporary art scene. Thousands of eager guests wander through, enjoying the wide variety of music and art exhibitions.

Lela Casey | News | Thursday, March 12, 2020

Purim in the Age of the Coronavirus

Those below a certain age do not remember a time like this—when there was no anti-vax movement because the fear of disease was so much greater than the fear of a possible adverse reaction; a time when the only recourse in the face of illness was to quarantine oneself or flee.

Chana Silberstein | News | Monday, March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Couldn't Stop This Pre-Purim Joy

On Wednesday, with a little help from technology, a coronavirus-related setback was averted for a group of seniors and children.

Ashira Weiss | News | Sunday, March 8, 2020

Teens Pledge Soul Support at Shabbaton

Saturday night, two thousand and seven hundred high school students, from six hundred and twenty cities in twenty-four countries around the world, gathered in Times Square, New York. As the iconic billboards streamed videos of the Lubavitcher Rebbe the crowd sang 'I'm a Jew and I'm proud.'

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, March 5, 2020

Conference Conversations

Once a year, Chabad leaders serving communities around the world, meet at the Annual International Conference of Shluchot (Chabad women emissaries). At the last Kinus, Lubavitch.com caught up with several of the three thousand sisters-in-arms.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

It's Never Over Even When It's Over

“Many of the girls come from dysfunctional homes or don’t have a home,” says one of the camp’s organizers, Sheva Rapoport. “YEKA is a safe, loving environment that provides the warmth and love they’re missing all year. It’s a lifeline for our girls.”

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, February 27, 2020

New Jewish Cemetery for Southwest Florida

A new Jewish cemetery was consecrated in Fort Myers last week under the leadership of Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bay Area Mother and Daughter Released From Quarantine

Esther and Chaya put on their own masks and stayed inside with some challah and grape juice (the only kosher items they had) to see them through. But things didn’t get better.

Rhona Lewis | News | Sunday, February 23, 2020

Inaugural Scroll For Island Nation

Uri Krauss was turning 50. His wife, Adina was determined to mark the occasion with a memorable surprise—the dedication of a brand new Torah scroll. But where would such a gift have the maximum impact?

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, February 21, 2020

A First for Canberra: Jewish School Opens

The first Jewish school for the Australian Capital Territory and region has opened its doors this week in what is being hailed as a historic milestone for the Canberra Jewish community.

Staff Writer | News | Friday, February 21, 2020

Chabad Unveils Memorial Sculpture to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students

On Thursday, February 14, a sculpture immortalizing the story of 3,320 students was unveiled at Chabad of Parkland.

Rhona Lewis | News | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Serving With Love, Focus At Gala Banquet

At finale banquet of five-day conference, Chabad representatives focus on serving their communities with love.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, February 17, 2020

Today In Jewish History:The Passing Of The Rebbes Wife

Today marks a notable date in Chabad history: 22 (Chof-Beis) Shevat, the 32nd anniversary of the passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Moussia Schneerson, wife of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, February 17, 2020

International Conference Convenes In Brooklyn

They speak a variety of different languages, range in age from early twenties to late seventies, and hail from 100 different countries, but these 3,100 are convening in Brooklyn with one purpose in mind.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, February 14, 2020

New Chabad Representatives In Cornhusker State

Rabbi Daniel and Chaya Blotner arrived in Omaha, Nebraska last Thursday morning. The couple join Rabbi Mendel and Shani Katzman in their work here in the Gateway to the West.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Reflections On Leadership

How would the Rebbe bring healing to survivors nursing shame and insecurity, wanting to hide their identity, to forget, to be left alone in their grief? Here, we share reflections on the Rebbe’s iconic leadership culled from interviews with thinkers and scholars who had direct experience with the Rebbe.

Baila Olidort | News | Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Today in Jewish History: 10 (Yud) Shevat

Yud Shvat is the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch, of blessed memory, (5710/1950). On the same day, one year later, his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, assumed the mantle of leadership of Chabad.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, February 4, 2020