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We Used To Call It A Mitzvah

The other day I heard someone say Chabad was “a humanitarian Jewish organization.” I cringed. She had just come from an event promoting a “groundswell of transformative social good.” One of the stage props was a larger-than-life photo of the Rebbe.

Baila Olidort | News | Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hungarian Yeshiva Desecrated by Nazis Restored to Jewish Community

Hungarian-born Jewish children may not appreciate the rich background to their summer camp experience. An old synagogue in Mád that has stood empty and dilapidated for over seven decades will, come next week, serve as their camp base.

Rena Udkoff | News | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Diary: Italy 1956-2016

I was a rabbinical student then, and traveling with me were nine of my fellow students. The Rebbe had sent us on a mission to bring moral support to the Jews of Israel, specifically to those living in Kfar Chabad, near Tel Aviv.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Monday, July 18, 2016

Terror on the French Riviera: Nice Jewish Community Reels From Attack

The girls saw tens of people killed, including “babies in carriages and elderly,” before they ran to take shelter in a nearby restaurant.

Rena Greenberg | News | Thursday, July 14, 2016

Op-Ed: Healing the Racial Divide

It was only months later, on Feb. 6, 1992, that, as a 5-year-old returning home from elementary school, I was informed of the murder of my mother by a black man in an act of cruel hatred and bitter violence.

By RABBI AVRAHAM LAPINE | News | Monday, July 11, 2016

The Rebbe's Yahrzeit

The life of a Tzaddik is not a life of the flesh, but a spiritual life consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of G‑d. - Tanya

News | Friday, July 8, 2016

Elie Wiesel: “Therefore Be Jewish”

The passing this Shabbat, June 2, of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, has been garnering reactions from leaders and laypeople around the world. A prolific author and Nobel Laureate, Wiesel brought the evil of the Holocaust into the public conversation stirring the conscience of society at a time when survivors’ voices were not readily heard.

Baila Olidort | News | Sunday, July 3, 2016

UpStart Awards ZABS Place National Recognition

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, June 20, 2016

West Orange Celebrates Opening of New Chabad Center

The Jewish community of West Orange, NJ participated in the dedication of Chabad’s new center, June 14. The center is located at 401 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.

News | Sunday, June 19, 2016

Chabad Rabbi Competes on CHOPPED

It is Leap of Faith, literally and otherwise, the latest episode of the Food Network’s popular cooking competition, Chopped. Rabbinic contestant, Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, Chabad’s representative to Rhinebeck, New York, faced off with three other clerics in the episode airing June 21, 2016.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, June 9, 2016

FJC Kickstarts Exciting New Summer Program

This year, 30 members of EnerJew gathered in Moscow to work on their new project, SummerJew, which will see these same camps staffed with local EnerJew members.

Etti Krinsky | News | Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Changing the Landscape of Jewish Life in the FSU

On Sunday, the Jewish community will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, marking the Sinai revelation, when the Jews received the Torah 3,328 years ago. Now thousands of Jews, no longer under Communism’s hammer and sickle, can appreciate its meaning at a profoundly advanced level.

Dvora Lakein | News | Friday, June 3, 2016

Philanthropist Mr. David Chase, 86

Philanthropist extraordinaire, Mr. David Chase, a founding member of the Machne Israel Development Fund and Chairman of the Board of the Rabbinical College of America, passed away at the age of 86. .

Dovid Zaklikowski | News | Friday, June 3, 2016

Wordsmith: Farbrengen

Faint echoes of German can be heard in Yiddish. Translators and lexicographers struggling to capture the meaning of a Yiddish word can sometimes amplify those sounds until a rich and nuanced definition resonates from the German origins.

Shmuel Lobenstein | News | Thursday, June 2, 2016

Remembering Rivky

Rivky Berman, a young woman who battled serious illness while serving as a Chabad emissary, passed away Monday. Rivky’s pluck and perseverance, her larger-than-life attitude in the face of great challenge, made her an inspiration to many. She was 29.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tefillin on the Run: Chabad at the Comrades

The Comrades Marathon is to South Africa what the New York City Marathon is to the United States. Only two times as long.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Museum Opens to Honor Jewish Life in Brazil

Yona Krasilchik arrived in Sao Paulo in 1908 with a small group of landsmen from Bessarabia. By 1912, he had helped build Kehilat Israel, the city’s first synagogue, and soon after, a Jewish hospital, cemetery, and school.

News | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

European Jewish Forum for Women Meets in Prague

When the Nazis invaded Prague in 1939, they seized Judaica collections from around the region. Their goal: to replace the Jewish Quarter’s residents with the “Museum of the Extinct Race.”

Dvora Lakein | News | Friday, May 20, 2016

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD: Male and Female He Created Them

Does the world really need another book about Women and Judaism? Like the “Mommy Wars”—the subject often makes women enemies of one another.

Chana Silberstein | News | Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jewish by Design: Chabad at FIT

They meet weekly in A320, an unassuming club room at the iconic Fashion Institute of Technology. Students of toy design, fashion, and business, they gather each Tuesday to create something ever more eternal.

Dvora Lakein | News | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mental Health Awareness Grows on College Campuses

The first crisis the young Chabad rabbi encountered when he arrived at the University of Pennsylvania was a suicide. The victim was the son of a faculty member and Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, the campus’ new Chabad representative...

Dvora Lakein | News | Sunday, May 15, 2016

Former Choir Boy Turns Chabad Campus Rabbi

During a two-week period several years ago, Matthew Devlin felt hopeless. The 18-year-old came to rest his head one night on a table in a Manhattan Starbucks.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, May 12, 2016

260,000 Study Sessions And Counting

The organization, which matches people as study partners, celebrated its 10th anniversary at a gala dinner honoring its volunteers. Those volunteers, who commit to weekly half-hour sessions for at least three months, are the mainstay of this organization.

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, May 9, 2016

LUGANSK: Forgotten Refugees, Emissaries in Exile, Jewish Community Holds On

Over the past two years, the Lugansk community has relied on the critical support of Jewish communities around the world who have galvanized to lend resources and moral support to Jewish refugees and locals alike. Central among them, is the Jewish community of Weston, Florida, which has been assisting the Lugansk community for many years.

News | Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chabad of UCF To Expand

A two-acre property down the block from the University of Central Florida campus will soon see a a three million dollar facility go up. The space, conducive to their growing community of about 6,000 Jewish students, will reflect the vision of Rabbi Chaim and Rivkie Lipskier.

Etti Krinsky | News | Thursday, May 5, 2016